Hill Country Naturalist

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Regular readers will be familiar with the fact that while the vast majority of my columns deal with Nature in the Hill Country, I do sometimes write about topics having a wider scope. Last week, I wrote about being a good citizen of the Earth. It got me to thinking about a National Geographic article I read a few years ago.

The 2014 National Geographic article by Jonathan Foley asks the question, "Where will we find enough food for 9 billion?"

The world population is projected to grow from the current 7+ billion to 9 billion by 2050. (The population of Texas is projected to double in that time!) But the roughly 30% increase in world population will require a much larger increase in food production as the developing world becomes more affluent and demands more meat, dairy and poultry. Demand is expected to double between now and mid-century.

 

 

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Can the World Continue to Feed Everyone?