Feeding a World Population of More Than Eight Billion People: A Challenge to Science

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

EditorJ. C. Waterlow, D. G. Armstrong, Leslie Fowden

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Since the 1960s, breakthroughs in agriculture have made it possible to satisfy the world's increasing requirements for food. Can this trend continue over the next thirty years when the world population is projected to exceed eight billion? This book takes a critical look at the immediatechallenges for feeding the population just a generation from now. Based on the 10th International Symposium sponsored by the Nutrition Committee and the Trustees of the Rank Prize Funds, the volume examines the full range of related issues, from food economics to resource allocation and crop yields.Beginning with an analysis of future food needs, the articles cover basic resources and constraints, applications of science to increase yield, the role of animal products in feeding eight billion people, and diverse social issues. The book provides insights into some of the most important questionswe will be faced with in the coming years, making it an invaluable resource for a wide range of researchers in agriculture, the environment, and public policy.

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Since the 1960s, breakthroughs in agriculture have made it possible to satisfy the world's increasing requirements for food. Can this trend continue over the next thirty years when the world population is projected to exceed eight billion? This book takes a critical look at the immediatechallenges for feeding the population just a gene...

J. C. Waterlow is at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. D. G. Armstrong is at University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Leslie Fowden is at University College, London. Ralph Riley is at Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.91 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Part 1: The challenge1. J. C. Waterlow: Needs for food: are we asking too much?2. Partha Dasgupta: The Economics of FoodPart 2: Basic resources and constraints3. D.J. Greenland, P.J. Gregory, and P.H. Nye: Land resources and constraints to crop production4. M. Yudelman: Water and food in developing countries in the next century5. B.A. Stout: Energy for agriculture in the 21st centuryPart 3: Applications of science to increase yield6. L.T. Evans: Greater crop production: whence and whither?7. Marc van Montagu: How and when will plant biotechnology help?8. J. Barber: What limits the efficiency of photosynthesis and can there be beneficial improvements?9. S.P. Long: Rubisco: the key to improved crop production for a world population of more than eight billion people?10. Sang-Bong Choi, et. al.: Increasing rice productivity by manipulation of starch biosynthesis during seed development11. G.S. Khush, S. Peng, and S.S. Virmani: Improving yield potential by modification of plant type and through exploitation of heterosis12. D.P.S. Verma: Developing crops with resistance to salinity and drought stress13. Chris Lamb: Prospects for engineering enhanced durable disease resistance in crops14. M. Gill and N. Poulter: A systems perspective on post-harvest lossesPart IV: The role of animal products in feeding eight billion people15. Vernon R. Young, Nevin S. Scrimshaw, and Peter L. Pellett: Significance of dietary protein source in human nutrition: animal and/or plant proteins?16. H.A. Fitzhugh: Competition between livestock and man for nutrients: let ruminants eat grass17. R.B. Heap: Animals and the human food chainPart 5: Social Aspects18. G.R. Conway: Practical innovation: partnerships between scientists and farmers19. Donald L. Winkelmann: Productivity, poverty alleviation and food security

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"This book is based on the 10th International Symposium sponsered by the Nutrition Committee and the Trustees of the Rank Prize Funds. It examines the immediate challenges of feeding a growing human population just a generation from now. The 19 individually authored articles in this book covera broad range of topics, from food economics to resource allocation and crop yields. The book is an invaluable resource for a wide range of those interested in agriculture, the environment, and public policy." -- Biosis, Vol 51, Issue 3, March 1999