The overlap of climate change and global food production limitations is beginning to loom large for academics and policymakers, who are putting these two trend-lines together. If global population growth tracks as projected, we’ll see the nine billionth person born sometime in 2050. Add to that the rapidly increasing purchasing power of poorer nations and you get a world that will soon be demanding 50-70 percent more food (special emphasis on the meat and fish-based protein) than we produce today, according to a United Nations study. (Source: State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture”, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, November 2011)
Match this data with information leaked from the most recent IPCC report (to be published in March 2014) linking climate change with food supply disruptions. The leaked report points to a widening gap, with agricultural output rising a mere 2 percent each decade for the rest of the century, while the demand for food is projected to rise at a staggering 14 percent each decade during the same timeframe. In the face of a rising population, a more volatile climate and an increasingly difficult food production paradigm, new tools are needed to adapt to this new status quo.
Are current food production systems enough?
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