Forecasts of world food surpluses are wrong

15 May 1998

Forecasts of world food surpluses are ‘wrong’

FORECASTS of world food surpluses are incorrect, according to one of the worlds leading food and farming analysts Lester Brown.

Brown, who is president of the independent Worldwatch Institute, told world agriculture leaders in Stavanger, Norway, yesterday that the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Bank were both wrong in their predictions.

He told the second annual Aquavision conference for food and fish farming, that all population expansion during the next 50 years would be in developing countries. This would place an enormous new demand on food supplies.

He also warned that the ability of the worlds farmland to increase yields was under intense pressure from water shortage problems.

  • The Scotsman 15/05/98 page 30

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