Get Ready to Bust Some Heads: Population Growth Out-paces Global Food Production

Published on June 23rd, 2013 | by

Population Growth and Zombie Kill

“Clearly, the world faces a looming agricultural crisis, with yield increases insufficient to keep up with projected demands,” says Jon Foley, author of a new study from the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. What that means, basically, is that we’re adding people faster than we’re adding the ability to feed them … which kind of screams “ZOMG! People are going to start eating each other!” to me, but – hey! – I could be wrong about that.

Whether I’m right about that whole “people eating each other” thing or not, though, the problem of population out-pacing food production on a global scale is a very serious one. It’s estimated that global agricultural production would need to grow between 60-110% in the next 30 years in order to keep up with even conservative population growth estimates – which is why, incidentally, products like schmeat (which require less energy and agricultural land to develop than conventional/natural proteins and can help us reach the necessary levels of food production to support a 2050 population) will become more and more important in the coming years.

Also: axes.

You can check out the original Planetsave article and accompanying infographics, below. Enjoy!


Global Food Production Won’t Keep Up With The World’s Growing Population, Research Warns (via Planetsave)

Global food production isn’t increasing fast enough to support the world’s rapidly growing population, according to new research from the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota. Crop yields are actually falling rather notably in many of the warmer/poorer regions of the…


Source: Planetsave, Photo: 7lulz, via


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