Super crop for future food security in marginal environments


As the United Nations forecasts that the global population will hit 9.7 billion in 2050, scientists warn that industrial agriculture might be reaching its limits to produce enough food to feed a growing population. By some estimates, food production will need to go up by about 60 per cent by 2050 to meet the demand. According to a study by scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, prevalence of the declines and plateaus in production of major crops since the 1990s indicates that maximum potential yields under the industrial model of agribusiness have already occurred. The researchers argue that some of the causes include land and soil degradation, climate change, and inadequate or inappropriate investment. This raises concerns about whether traditional agricultural methods will be enough to sustain global food production targets as regions which already suffer from malnutrition, water scarcity and soil degradation are forecast to see the largest…

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