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The new millennium shows promise of bringing great advancements in agriculture-related technology and products. Many people throughout developed nations will benefit from these achievements. However, with a projected world population of 8 billion by 2025, many in third world countries may face a food crisis leading to hunger, malnutrition, and starvation. This summer at the joint APS/CPS meeting in Montreal, Canada, the APS Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a four hour symposium on world hunger, entitled World Food Crisis: Meeting the Demands of a Growing Population. We have invited a diverse group of speakers who will address some of the many issues of world hunger. Although this is a complex problem with many different viewpoints, we have tried to present an overview of how plant pathologists and related groups have approached world hunger and some possible solutions.
Mr. Jeff Batten (Texas A&M) Introduction: "What are the issues?"
Dr. Lee Campbell (NC State) "People, hunger, food and plant pathology: Historical perspectives"
Dr. Paul Thompson (Purdue) "Fighting world hunger as an ethical responsibility"
Dr. Richard Lee (FAO, Rome/Univ of FL) "The role of the Food and Agriculture Organization's plant protection service in combating world hunger"
Mr. Alex Avery (Hudson Institute) "Wildlife destruction, not hunger is the main concern"
Dr. Chris Mundt (Oregon State) "Human population growth and world hunger: What APS has done - and what it can do"
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