• Staff
  • Board of Directors
  • Contact Us

Meridian Institute

World Seen Facing Crop Shortfall on Insufficient Yields in Study

Summary posted by Meridian on 6/24/2013

Source: Bloomberg (20 Jun 2013)

Author(s): Rudy Ruitenberg

According to new research from the University of Minnesota, United States, world grain and soybean yields are not growing fast enough to double harvests by 2050. Output, the researchers said, may fail to meet rising demand unless more land is cleared for farming. According to estimates, agricultural production needs to increase by 60 to 110 percent in order to feed the world in 2050. The research found, based on yield gains in the 20 years through 2008, that global corn production could climb 67 percent through 2050, rice output by 42 percent, wheat by 38 percent, and soybeans by 55 percent. Jon Foley, a study co-author, said, “Clearly, the world faces a looming agricultural crisis, with yield increases insufficient to keep up with projected demands.” The researchers, writing in the journal PLOS ONE, said more efficient use of arable lands, and the use of best management practices could help increase yield growth rates. Changing to more plant-based diets and reducing food waste could also help reduce the expected growth in demand, the authors wrote.

The original article may still be available at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-20/world-seen-facing-crop-shortfall-on-insufficient-yields-in-study.html

Food Security and AgBiotech News

  • How Rice Overcomes Arsenic

    The Scientist (20 Oct 2014) (10/22/2014)

    Researchers in Korea and Japan have found that a rice transporter gene, OsABCC1, is able to prevent arsenic from damaging plant tissues by sequestering the element in vacuoles. Sequestering the arseni... more

  • WSU Researchers See How Plants Optimize Repair

    Washington State University (20 Oct 2014) (10/22/2014)

    Researchers at Washington State University, United States, have found the optimal mechanism plants use to deal with solar damage, a finding that could lead to the development of crops that repair sun ... more

  • The Future of Farming and Rise of Biotechnology

    National Center for Policy Analysis (21 Oct 2014) (10/22/2014)

    In this article, David Weisser, a research associate at the United States-based National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization that works to develop ... more

  • Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas Findings Unveiled at Global Water for Food Conference

    Water for Food (20 Oct 2014) (10/21/2014)

    A new research tool, the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas, was unveiled last week. The tool is the outcome of a six-year international collaborative research effort led by the Daugherty W... more

  • View on Poverty: Big Data Protects Farmers’ Livelihoods

    SciDev.net (20 Oct 2014) (10/21/2014)

    A computer model developed by researchers from the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the Colombian Rice Growers Federation uses agricultural data collected over the last... more

More News

XML

Really, read some more.