To Grow More Food, We Need Smaller Plants

By Michael J. Coren
Fast Coexist – You probably eat almost as much as you weigh in corn every year. In the U.S., we put down an average of about 160 pounds per person per year. Once consumption by livestock and biofuel is considered, the figure soars to 2,074 pounds for every person in America annually.

Yet we’re going to need to grow even more. At the moment, the USDA reports the world produced about 812 million tons of wheat in 2009-2010. That’s going to increase significantly in the coming decades as the population approaches 9 billion and the amount of food we need to grow approximately doubles.

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