2-in-1 Strategy: Feed the World and Protect the Planet
A team of researchers from Canada, the U.S., Sweden, and Germany designed a plan to double the world's production while decreasing the environmental impacts of agriculture. They used crop records and satellite images from around the world to develop new models of agricultural systems along with their possible environmental impacts. Here's the five-point plan recommended by the researchers:
The researchers also outlined an approach to the problem that will guide policy makers to come up with informed decisions about agricultural concerns. For the first time, we have shown that it is possible to both feed a hungry world and protect a threatened planet," said lead author Jonathan Foley, head of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. "It will take serious work. But we can do it."
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)