Inside the 26th February issue of The Economist our readers will find a 14 page special report on the future of food.
The report: “The 9 billion-people question“ tells us that the world’s population will grow from the almost 7 billion people now to over 9 billion in 2050. It asks if there will be enough food to go around?
The report states: “The end of the era of cheap food has coincided with growing concern about the prospects of feeding the world. Around the turn of 2011-12 the global population is forecast to rise to 7 billion, stirring Malthusian fears. The price rises have once again plunged into poverty millions of people who spend more than half their income on food. The numbers of those below the poverty level of $1.25 a day, which had been falling consistently in the 1990s, rose sharply in 2007-08. That seems to suggest that the world cannot even feed its current population, let alone the 9 billion expected by 2050. Adding further to the concerns is climate change, of which agriculture is both cause and victim. So how will the world cope in the next four decades?”
The recent food riots that we have witnessed in Tunisia and Algeria certainly makes the point that this subject needs to be high on the international agenda.