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Continuing population and consumption growth will mean that the global demand for food will increase for at least another 40 years. Growing competition for land, water, and energy, in addition to the overexploitation of fisheries, will affect our ability to produce food, as will the urgent requirement to reduce the impact of the food system on the environment. The effects of climate change are a further threat. But the world can produce more food and can ensure that it is used more efficiently and equitably. A multifaceted and linked global strategy is needed to ensure sustainable and equitable food security, different components of which are explored here.

Original publication

DOI

10.1126/science.1185383

Type

Journal article

Journal

Science

Publication Date

12/02/2010

Volume

327

Pages

812 - 818

Keywords

Agriculture, Aquaculture, Commerce, Conservation of Natural Resources, Costs and Cost Analysis, Developed Countries, Developing Countries, Diet, Food, Food Handling, Food Supply, Food, Genetically Modified, Genetic Engineering, Humans, Malnutrition, Population Growth