22 January 2018
The challenge to feed the world’s 7.6 billion people has never been more daunting. Scientists, governments and farmers have come together to promote biotechnology and boost agricultural products in the face of shrinking arable land and global warming.
Paul Teng, a professor at the Center for Non–Traditional Security Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, said the world was not only losing arable land, but also clean water and labor while it suffered from double burden nutrition — overweight and malnutrition.
“We also have many disruptions, including weather events, climate change that cause floods, pests and disease outbreaks,” he said. “We should grow enough without damaging the environment, so the future generation still have enough to eat.”
Teng believes that technology and science are the answers to the challenge, especially when resources become limited.
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Last updated on 22/01/2018