Food, Fuel, and Plant Nutrient Use in the Future

Issue Papers - IP51 - March 2013
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Future food, fiber, and fuel demands will not be met by expanding cropland area; continued advances in nutrient use efficiency will moderate increased nutrient demand. With a growing population, dwindling arable land, and an increased demand for biofuels, the world cannot count on an expansion of harvested area to fill the demands of the world’s growing population. The use of genetics to improve crop productivity, promote soil conservation and management, and use nutrients efficiently is necessary. The key lies in supporting research and development in these areas. This CAST Issue Paper (IP 51) looks at the background leading to the current situation and addresses the resulting requirements as world food production develops during the next 40 years. The authors use data to analyze factors influencing crop production now and indications of what is to come, and they show how research regarding nutrient use, recovery, and recycling is crucial. Chair: David Zilberman, University of California — Berkeley.

IP51, March 2013, 24 pp. Available free online and in print (fee for shipping/handling).

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Issue Paper 51 Rollout Presentation by Dr. Zilberman and Dr. Bruce Dale

Task Force Chair

David Zilberman

Task Force Author(s)

Bruce Dale

Paul Fixen

John Havlin

Task Force Reviewers

Peter Scharf

Harry Vroomen

Chris van Kessel

Task Force Board Liaison

Todd Peterson

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