Can we feed 9 billion by 2050?

5 Jun 2013

Global population has passed seven billion and by 2050 it could reach nine billion. That’s an extra two billion people that will need to be fed. How will this challenge be met ?

Over the last 50 years we’ve seen a dramatic increase in food production largely due to improved farming techniques and new strains of crops. This green revolution has seen yields since 1960 double and in some places triple but can we keep going at this rate?

Highlights of Can we feed 9 billion by 2050 presented by the Ideas and Society program, La Trobe University, April 2013


Elizabeth Finkle
Associate Editor of Cosmos Magazine and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, La Trobe University.
Dr Philip Keane
Reader and Associate Professor, Department of Botany, La Trobe University.
Professor Snow Barlow
Foundation Professor of Horticulture and Viticulture at the University of Melbourne.

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