Jack Bobo: Can Agriculture Save the Planet before It Destroys It? (Part 2)

On April 30th, we shared Part 1 of a guest post from U.S. State Department’s Jack Bobo on the importance of feeding a rising global population. Mr. Bobo’s post concludes this week with Part 2: In order to sustainably feed 9 billion people, global agriculture will need to produce 60% more food using less land, less water, less fertilizer and fewer pesticides. In other words, we will need to do everything better than we are doing it today and our rivers and lakes are already running dry. The rapid pace of technological development suggests that scientists may, indeed, be able
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Jack Bobo: Can Agriculture Save the Planet before It Destroys It? (Part 1)

Mr. Jack Bobo is a leading expert on agricultural biotechnology, and his expertise is reflected in his roles at the U.S. Department of State – Chief, Biotechnology and Textile Trade Policy & Senior Advisor for Biotechnology. Mr. Bobo understands the need for agricultural innovation as well as anyone, so we are very pleased to share a guest post he has written for us on the monumental challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. The first half of this post is below, while the second half will be posted later in May: Most people spend little time thinking about where
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