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Population, Agriculture, and Biodiversity: Problems and Prospects
edited by J. Perry Gustafson, Peter H. Raven and Paul R. Ehrlich
University of Missouri Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-8262-7440-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8262-2202-2
Library of Congress Classification HD9000.5.P627 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 338.19

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This timely collection of 15 original essays written by expert scientists the world over addresses the relationships between human population growth, the need to increase food supplies to feed the world population, and the chances for avoiding the extinction of a major proportion of the world's plant and animal species that collectively makes our survival on Earth possible. These relationships are highly intertwined, and changes in each of them steadily decrease humankind’s chances to achieve environmental stability on our fragile planet.
 
The world population is projected to be nine to ten billion by 2050, signaling the need to increase world food production by more than 70 percent on the same amount of land currently under production—and this without further damaging our fragile environment. The essays in this collection, written by experts for laypersons, present the problems we face with clarity and assess our prospects for solving them, calling for action but holding out viable solutions.
 
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