This month we’re exploring agriculture and food. The global population is around 7 billion and growing fast. Food security is a real issue. In 2015, 800 million people didn’t get enough calories to reach their minimum dietary intake whilst in other parts of the world consumption has risen to unprecedented levels.
The factors behind this are undeniably complex, but we think science has a crucial part to play in alleviating malnutrition and managing the implications for our finite planet.
At the Royal Society we have a policy team who look at global population and consumption, sustainable food production and the genetic modification of food crops. This month we’re going to dig in, excuse the pun, to explore how science and agriculture can work together.