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The role for scientists in tackling food insecurity and climate change

John R Beddington, Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Megan E Clark, Adrian Fernández Bremauntz, Marion D Guillou, Molly M Jahn, Erda Lin, Tekalign Mamo, Christine Negra*, Carlos A Nobre, Robert J Scholes, Rita Sharma, Nguyen Van Bo and Judi Wakhungu

Agriculture & Food Security 2012, 1:10  doi:10.1186/2048-7010-1-10

Scientists also need to tackle the demand side of the food insecurity equation

Michael Lardelli   (2012-08-14 14:17)  The University of Adelaide

It is a rather stunning omission from this article that it does not consider the role scientists need to play in tackling the main driver of food insecurity which is the increasing size of the human population. If population growth is not stopped then all efforts at increasing food supply will ultimately prove futile. Cheaper, easier to use, accessible and acceptable contraception combined with increased female education are vital. Scientists must not be afraid to state the obvious facts about population growth - that it drives food insecurity, habitat destruction and loss of species diversity, conflct over resources and leads ultimately to poverty, famine and death.

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