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Population Growth, Increases in Agricultural Production and Trends in Food Prices

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Southgate, Douglas
Journal: The Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development
Volume: 1
Page(s): 29-35
Date: 2009
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5338
Sector: Agriculture
Social Organization
Subject(s): population growth
agricultural development
food supply
Abstract: "During the second half of the twentieth century, human numbers and food demand grew at an unprecedented pace, yet food supplies increased even faster. Demographic expansion is now slackening, due to dramatic reductions in human fertility in Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world. However, demand for edible goods will continue to go up, mainly because improved living standards are causing per-capita consumption to rise. To avoid mounting food scarcity, the geographic expansion of agriculture at the expense of forests and other habitats, or both, effective investment in research and development, especially in agricultural biotechnology, is needed so that per-hectare yields can continue increasing."

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