Food Security: Feeding the World in 2050

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.

Click here to open the table of contents or click the titles below to access HTML and PDF versions of each original article:

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


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