World hunger continues to garner headlines, and experts agree that world food shortages are one of the most significant dangers facing the world in the years ahead. With the global population expected to increase from six billion people to nine billion by 2050, the need to produce more nutritious food with less resources is becoming more critical than ever.
Much of the population explosion is expected to occur in Asia and Africa. According to Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada, plant scientists are looking at innovative new ways to provide the highest nutritional value to crops in those areas.
“The World Health Organization has identified iron, zinc and vitamin A as the most limiting in diets,” he said. “The goal now is to breed higher levels of those micronutrients into key staple foods.”