HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Malnutrition and misery will be 'unimaginable' by 2054

SEATTLE -- If today's global statistics of more than 3 billion malnourished people are worrisome, try projecting 50 years into the future, when Earth's population could exceed 12 billion and there could be even less water and land, per capita, to grow food.

The current level of malnutrition among nearly half the world's population of 6.3 billion is unprecedented in human history, says agricultural ecologist David Pimentel of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. "Every trend -- from decreasing per-capita availability of food and cropland to population growth -- shows the predicament becoming even more dire," Pimentel says.

"In the next 50 years, the degree of malnutrition, resultant disease and human misery is unimaginable. But we have to try to consider the future while there is still time to make meaningful changes, to reverse these trends and ensure a sustainable food supply."

Pimentel's views were presented by his colleague, Paul Reitan of the University at Buffalo, today (Feb. 13) at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Seattle. The title of the talk was "The Importance of Soil in Sustaining Civilization."

In the prepared text, Pimentel said he saw several troubling trends:

  • Harvests of cereal grains, the mainstay of human diets and 80 percent of the world food supply, have increased slightly since 1985 but not nearly fast enough to keep pace with increases in population.
  • Rising malnutrition increases human susceptibility to other diseases, such as malaria, diarrhea and AIDS.
  • The prediction of a 12 billion global population by 2054 is based on the current rate of growth with each couple producing an average of 2.9 children. Even if nations' policy changes reduce the birth rate to an average of 2 children per couple, the 12 billion mark would be reached in 70 years.
  • Because more than 99.8 percent of human food comes from the land, doubling the planet's populati
    '"/>


Contact: Roger Segelken
hrs2@cornell.edu
607-255-9736
Cornell University News Service
13-Feb-2004


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Malnutrition in early years leads to low IQ and later antisocial behavior, USC study finds

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/20/2019)... ... 20, 2019 , ... SightMD (or the “Company”), a leading ... strategic partnership with Northern Westchester Ophthalmology, P.C. (“NWO”) and its founding ophthalmologist Morris ... adding the Company’s first location in Westchester County to SightMD’s current footprint of ...
(Date:6/19/2019)... ... June 19, 2019 , ... The number of ... rigorous national standards of performance continues to climb. Today, the Public Health ... 11 local governmental public health departments. With this week's accreditation decisions, tens of ...
(Date:6/19/2019)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... June 19, 2019 , ... ... 26th annual International Research Congress (IRC) in Marseille, France. The conference ... of state-of-the-art research on facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Nearly 200 researchers, clinicians, industry ...
(Date:6/18/2019)... ... June 18, 2019 , ... EMulate Therapeutics, Inc. ... serious diseases, announced it has received notice that the US Food and Drug ... (HDE) for the Hælo Pediatric system. The FDA granted the Humanitarian Use ...
(Date:6/18/2019)... ... June 18, 2019 , ... ... today announced Steve Einig has joined the organization in the newly created role ... initiatives around market engagement, marketing, strategic events and brand management. , “Steve brings ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/16/2019)... R.I. (PRWEB) , ... June 15, 2019 , ... ... that afflicts 1.4% of the global population. The condition is characterized by ... further medical complications including thyroid disease, anemia, osteoporosis, fertility problems and some cancers, ...
(Date:6/14/2019)... ... June 14, 2019 , ... Akara ... Life Sciences Manufacturers accurately project their contracted liabilities with payers, providers and ... forecasting of rebates and discounts and dynamic scenario modeling in the ever-changing ...
(Date:6/13/2019)... ... June 13, 2019 , ... BESANA Health & Wellness ... center dedicated to realizing your optimal health, inside and out. Created by plastic ... Health & Wellness offers a range of wellness services, including functional health, physical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: