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Estimates of Global Food Production in the Year 2050: Will We Produce Enough to Adequately Feed the World?

Author: Craig. D. Idso
Organisation: Center for the study of carbon dioxide and global change
Publish Date: June 2011
Country: Global
Sector: Agriculture
Method: Forecasting
Theme: Food
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Food production, Food security, Food insecurity, Carbon dioxide, CO2 induced growth, Yield increases

Projects trends in the productivities of these key crops for each of these geographical areas to the year 2050, finding that expected advances in agricultural technology and expertise will significantly increase the food production potential of many countries and regions, but discovering that these advances will not increase production fast enough to meet the demands of the planet’s even faster growing human population. The positive impact of Earth’s rising atmospheric CO2 concentration on crop yields, however, will considerably lessen the severity of the looming food shortage. In some regions and countries it will mean the difference between being food secure or food insecure; and it will aid in lifting untold hundreds of millions of people out of a state of hunger and malnutrition, thereby preventing widespread starvation and premature death.
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