20-06-2013 09:40 AM | India

Crop yields will not meet 2050 global demand: study

Yields of four major crops were not rising fast enough to meet projected global demand in 2050, warns a study published today (June 20) in the journal PLoS ONE.

Several studies had shown that global crop production needed to double by the middle of this century to meet demands from an increasing human population, more meat and dairy consumption driven by growing affluence and more biofuels use as well to provide food security to millions who were chronically undernourished, observed Deepak K. Ray and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in the U.S..

Boosting crop yields, rather than clearing more land for agriculture, was the preferred solution to meet this goal, they pointed out.
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