A set of 21 papers covering a wide range of issues related to food security has been published in a special open access edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, UK.
This special issue has been compiled and edited by H. Charles J. Godfray, John R. Beddington, Ian R. Crute, Lawrence Haddad, David Lawrence, James F. Muir, Jules Pretty, Sherman Robinson and Camilla Toulmin.
Scientists from many disciplines and countries authored the papers, that are part of a UK government foresight study on the future of the global food industry. The final report will be published later this year in advance of the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
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Global food and farming futures
The future of the global food system
Dimensions of global population projections: what do we know about future population trends and structures?
Food consumption trends and drivers
Urbanization and its implications for food and farming
Income distribution trends and future food demand
Possible changes to arable crop yields by 2050
Livestock production: recent trends, future prospects
Food security and marine capture fisheries: characteristics, trends, drivers and future perspectives
Inland capture fisheries
Aquaculture: global status and trends
The roles and values of wild foods in agricultural systems
Competition for water for the food system
Competition for land
Ecosystem services and agriculture: tradeoffs and synergies
Implications of climate change for agricultural productivity in the early twenty-first century
Energy and the food system
Globalization’s effects on world agricultural trade, 1960–2050
Food price volatility
Agricultural R&D, technology and productivity
Managing uncertainty: a review of food system scenario analysis and modelling
Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050
Feeding the world healthily: the challenge of measuring the effects of agriculture on health