Food Scarcity:An inefficient food system may not provide for ten billion people
- Pages: 22
- Published: November 2014
- Report Code: ML00017-060
According to the World Bank the world needs to produce at least 50% more food by 2050, in order to feed a global population which will be boosted to 9 billion people. But climate change could cut crop yields by more than 25%. Unless we change how food is produced and manage our resources, food security will be at risk especially for the world’s poorest.
Learn how the world food pricing system works and what factors are causing it to fluctuate so wildly.
Agriculture and biotech firms make big promises about how to increase yields and feed the world, access how likely these are to be correct.
Looks at how much land we devote to farming currently and how much will be needed to feed a population of 10 billion people.
Examines whether there are any places in the world where agricultural systems could be developed to help alleviate the pressure.
Learn which of the worlds staple foodstuff are most at risk.
Reasons to buyWhy is food scarcity such a major concern for the next few decades?
Why are food prices so unstable and why is so much food wasted when some countries are malnourished?
What affect do food shortages have on a populace and who suffers most?
Is climate change having an affect on crop yields, or is this still just theory?
What major technological areas will need development in order to try to protect the world's food supply?
Table of Contents
FEEDING THE PLANET WITH TEN BILLION PEOPLE
Is it plausible to feed the world with the available resources?
We already devote a large percentage of land to agriculture
Changing usable food into less efficient sources
CLIMATE CHANGE AS A CONTRIBUTING PROBLEM
Moving from theory to reality in climate change
Coastal flooding and land loss
Environmental disruption damages farming directly
WATER SECURITY IS A BIG PROBLEM NOW
A great deal of the world does not have adequate supplies
Water problems affect development in some specific ways
UNCONTROLLABLE FOOD PRICES
Industrializing food production has allowed us to eat cheaply
High food prices really cause problems in the poorest places
Protectionism is trying to help but it causes other issues
Protectionism can be very wasteful
Recent months have finally seen a drop in prices
Governments increasingly rise and fall on food politics
Turning food into transport energy damages price stability
WHAT ARE THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
GMO crops and their promises are likely to be examined
Oil shortages could mean alternative energy is needed.
Perfect storm of problems could be approaching
Ask the analyst
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