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Hungry Planet: Stories of Plant Diseases

Chapter Fourteen. Student Resources

Food for a Hungry Planet

Predicting the future is an inexact art. However, we know that in order to feed the ever-growing human population we must have sufficient arable land, mineral nutrients, and fresh water. Some agricultural scientists think that we are in the midst of a “perfect storm” in which a large human population, limited resources, and environmental climate change are going to challenge our ability to produce enough food. In addition, diseases continually arise to threaten our food crops (such as cassava) and our cash crops (such as cacao). Scientists work to find solutions to these problems, but contributions from educated people in many fields will be necessary to help us feed our hungry planet..

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