Crop optimization–current crops could sustain 4 billion more

Montage of New World Domesticated plants. Cloc...

Crop optimization is difficult when one is looking at the simple problem of land utilization. Most development groups try to push an agenda of 1 acre per family but the reality is larger farms allow for this kind of optimization and the strategy should be to consolidation of resources and capacity to allow for crop optimization and mechanization. Worldwide demand for crops is increasing rapidly due to global population growth, increased biofuel production, and changing dietary preferences. Meeting these growing demands will be a substantial challenge that will tax the capability of our food system and prompt calls to dramatically boost global crop production. However, to increase food availability, we may also consider how the world’s crops are allocated to different uses and whether it is possible to feed more people with current levels of crop production.

http://m.iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/3/034015

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