The global population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion people in the next 40 years. University of Minnesota researchers warn farmers are unlikely to double production of grain by that time to avoid food shortages.
Several studies have shown that global crop production needs to double by 2050 to meet the projected demands from a rising population and dietary shifts. A booming middle class of India and China is already eating more meat than ever.
As demand outpaces food production, the number of people without enough to eat is actually increasing and could soon top one billion, according to the anti-poverty organization Oxfam. It means more than one in seven people waking up hungry and going to bed hungry. The agency warns the average price of staple foods will more than double in the next 20 years.
Increasing biofuel consumption requires more cultivated areas representing another risk to…
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