New Foods in Fight Against Hunger
Fear of Wide-Scale Famine in the Years Ahead
The people who inhabit the world of 2000 A.D. will be fed by the food factory rather than the farmer; at least, that is what many scientists think. Within the past two years, crop yields in many Asian countries have risen dramatically, due to planting of new “miracle” varieties of wheat and rice, increased use of fertilizer, and other agricultural improvements. But even the most optimistic see these developments only as a means of buying time for the hungry world. The most pessimistic, overwhelmed by the prospect of a doubling of the number of people on the globe by the end of the century, foresee a calamitous “collision between rising population and ...