Feeding People With Science Plant Researchers Brace for Population Explosion

By 2050, the world will require nearly twice as much food as today. But producing it without consuming any extra resources -- so as not to exacerbate climate change -- will be tricky. Three scientists explain how this agricultural feat may be possible.
Rice cultivation in Vietnam: Within three decades, we will have to produce twice as much food as we do today.

Rice cultivation in Vietnam: Within three decades, we will have to produce twice as much food as we do today.

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Donald Ort

Donald Ort

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Photo Gallery: Genetically Modified Tobacco
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Photo Gallery: Genetically Modified Tobacco

Rebecca Bart

Rebecca Bart

Foto: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Cassava tuber and rice: Around 300 million tons of cassava are harvested each year.

Cassava tuber and rice: Around 300 million tons of cassava are harvested each year.

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Jean-Michel Ané

Jean-Michel Ané

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Urmais

Urmais

Foto: Jean-Michel Ane/ University of Wisconsin-Madison
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