From the Forums: Will We Have Enough Food in 2050?

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hillsidedigger writes:

FAO says "global food output will have to increase by 70 percent to feed a projected population of 9.1 billion in 2050. To achieve that, poor countries will need $44 billion in annual agricultural aid, compared with the current $7.9 billion, to increase access to irrigation systems, modern machinery, seeds and fertilizer as well as build roads and train farmers."

It's seems quite clear to me that far less food will be grown in 2050 than now. Machinery, fertilizers, foreign seeds and irrigation systems defeat the purpose of learning to farm the most productive way, that is, with time tested methods and seeds appropriate for individual localities.

So is future food production in major trouble? Join the conversation.