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Population Growth & Food Supply
Examines global changes in population & impact on food production & allocation & world hunger. Discusses land use, deforestation and desertification.
# 17760 | 2,025 words | 12 sources | 1989 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2003 in Nutrition (Food) , Environmental Studies (General)


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"During the first fifteen centuries of the Christian era, the world's population grew at a rate of 2 percent to 5 percent per century. The rate today in many countries is between 3 percent and 4 percent per year - meaning an increase of more than nineteenfold in the next century if nothing changes. It now takes less than a decade to add a billion people to the earth's population. The consequences of this unprecedented growth are the grounds for controversy. Continued growth at current levels will quickly outstrip the world's food supplies. Figures show global hunger has increased inexorably in recent years. One can look at the rates at which global food production has risen, outpacing population growth in recent years, and deduce that hunger is merely the result of the inequitable allocation of food supplies. A 1983 United Nations Food and Agriculture (...)"

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