“Do we really need to double food production by 2050? Actually … no.”

Do we really need to double food production by 2050? Actually … no.

As the global population increases, it is obvious that food production will also need to increase.  It is expected that by 2050, the population will increase by over 2 billion people. Most of this increase will affect the world’s poorest areas, causing many people to worry about the increase of demand for resources. Many agribusinesses and scholars say that in order to keep up with the increase it population, it is necessary to double food production.

Using studies from US scholars and the UN, the world will need only 25 percent to 70 percent more crop output in 2050 than was produced in 2014. Food production will still need to keep growing to meet our updated goal of a 25 percent to 70 percent increase, but at an annual rate that is closer to the historical average. Using smaller growth targets will cause less strain on the agriculture system. To double output would put lots of pressure on the agriculture system. They  would have to boost food production more rapidly than ever before, driving increases in soil tillage, fertilizer and pesticide use, and water withdrawals for irrigation.

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