Food in a future of 10 billion

Nina V. Fedoroff*

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Over the past two centuries, the human population has grown sevenfold and the experts anticipate the addition of 2-3 billion more during the twenty-first century. In the present overview, I take a historical glance at how humans supported such extraordinary population growth first through the invention of agriculture and more recently through the rapid deployment of scientific and technological advances in agriculture. I then identify future challenges posed by continued population growth and climate warming on a finite planet. I end by discussing both how we can meet such challenges and what stands in the way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11
JournalAgriculture and Food Security
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 21 2015

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  • Agriculture
  • Domestication
  • Genetic modification
  • Population growth
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Ecology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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