This paper presents some facts regarding the world food situation, discusses the implication of food shortages, identifies factors contributing to the present world food situation, and reviews proposed solutions. A high priority on enhanced production of food, combined with population control and improved utilization of existing commodities in by-products can result in a world where people are better fed than at present. Although these approaches may be feasible from a technological standpoint, they are complicated by the social, religious, political, and economic factors that influence food production capabilities and food consumption patterns. Obviously agriculture students will find themselves confronted in their careers with unparalleled world food problems and must have some comprehension of what lies ahead.



world food situation, food shortages, food production

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