New technology on the verge of creating a global food surplus

by Robert Maynard

When the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers issues a report on how technology is impacting our lives, it is a good idea to pay attention.  IEEE, for short, is billed as “the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.”  That is what makes their recent report, on how new technology is leading to a global abundance of food, so newsworthy.  Here is a short blurb introducing the report:


There’s a surging current of alarm that we’re headed for a food doomsday by 2050—that the world’s food-producing capacity will crash before population peaks at 10 billion. Don’t you believe it! Smart technology and better management policies will let us feed the hungry hordes to midcentury and beyond.

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