01 Jul '11, 2pm

How Much Food Can We Grow in a Changing Climate? #green

How Much Food Can We Grow in a Changing Climate? #green

Red wheat by C.K. Hartman via Creative Commons People worldwide are watching helplessly as food prices rise. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report Agricultural Outlook 2011-20 , rising food prices and market volatility are here to stay. World Bank Group numbers presented in April 2011 show that global food prices are 36% higher than they were a year ago and remain close to the 2008 peak. Food prices are soaring due to export restrictions , low global stocks , increasing use of biofuel, higher fuel costs due to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, and severe weather conditions, among other reasons. To meet the demand -- if the predicted 2050 world population of nine billion is correct -- we’ll have to increase world food production by 70%. To achieve that, good weather throughout the planting season is essential. Some observers estimate that...

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