Monday, November 28, 2011

UN: farmers must produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed population

The United Nations has completed the first global assessment of the state of the planet's land resources, finding in a report that a quarter of all farmland is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world's growing population is to be fed.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that farmers will have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to meet the needs of theworld's expected 9-billion-strong population. That amounts to 1bn tonnes more wheat, rice and other cereals and 200m more tonnes of beef and other livestock.

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And if that isn't bad enough....

Climate Set to Worsen Food Crisis


Garrett Lui said...

Not only will we need more food, but we will need to pay more for it!
Apparently, "Between early 2006 and 2008, the average world price for rice rose by 217%, wheat by 136%, maize by 125% and soybeans by 107%. In late April 2008, rice prices hit 24 cents a pound, twice the price that it was seven months earlier."
I can't imagine how messy this whole food situation is going to get within our lifetime...

cikekwere said...

I agree with you Garrett, but what I dont understand is why the cost for such food is increasing. I understand that the scarcity of the product would make the costs increase, but if the farmers are not producing the amount that they should due to changes in the environment, how would money help?
Christine Ikekwere