Future Food Shortages

I read a really thought provoking article in the Guardian last week on food shortages in the future.

“People do not quite realise the scale of the issue,” says Professor Mike Bevan, acting director of the John Innes Centre in Norfolk. “This is one of the most serious problems that science has ever faced.” In Britain the lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be threatened by food shortages. Across the globe, tens of millions – if not hundreds of millions – will be affected.

Over the next 40 years Britain’s population will rise from 60 to 75 million while the world’s will leap from 6.8 to 9 billion. Feeding all these people will stretch human ingenuity to its limit. Crop yields will have to jump, a goal that will have to be achieved in the middle of global climatic disruption. At the same time, farmers will find many aids – in particular, chemical fertilisers – that they have come to rely on will no longer be available .

Click here to read the Guardian article http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/dec/13/britain-faces-food-shortage

Maybe having less children would help? What do you think? See my blog How Many Children Should We Have?

You can also read about Meat Free Mondays – and how this could make a difference to global warming.

One Reply to “Future Food Shortages”

  1. Additionally, the government sponsored push for ethanol has caused major shortages in corn in the USA, and spikes in just about everything food related. What the average person doesn’t realize is that many of our everyday foods have a component of corn or corn syrup in them, thus when there is a shortage of corn, there is a spike in the price, and eventually a spike in other foods derived from corn.

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