The 12 February 2010 issue of Science examines the obstacles to achieving global food security and some promising solutions.
News articles introduce farmers and researchers who are finding ways to boost harvests, especially in the developing world. Reviews, Perspectives, and an audio interview provide a broader context for the causes and effects of food insecurity and point to paths to ending hunger. A special podcast includes interviews about measuring food insecurity, rethinking agriculture and reducing meat consumption.
The special issue includes articles from several CGIAR centres, including one by ILRI staff on Smart Investments in Sustainable Food Production: Revisiting Mixed Crop-Livestock Systems.
The same issue also contains a piece by Erik Stokstad that examines the argument that if people in the developed world ate less meat, “it would free up a lot of plants to feed billions of hungry people and gain a lot of good farmland.”
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