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Agriculture Needs To Change Dramatically As The Globe Warms, Population Grows

February 11, 2010: 09:03 AM EST
Comprehensive changes in how the world produces its food and fiber are needed to deal with the threatening prospects of climate change and population growth, U.S. scientists say in a report that warns of a "critical need to get beyond popular biases against the use of agricultural biotechnology." Also needed is more investigation of aquaculture’s potential and how to boost agricultural production in dry and salty areas. Global warming will change crop disease patterns and trigger powerful, periodic floods. But conventional breeding and genetic engineering can generate new varieties of existing food crops that can better adapt to environmental disturbances.
Nina Federoff, Pamela Ronald, "Radically Rethinking Agriculture for the 21st Century", Science, February 11, 2010, © American Association for the Advancement of Science
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