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The world food problem

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Abstract

Argument continues in the world press as to the urgency of the food problem. Some economists in equating world food production statistics with population figures have convinced themselves there is more than enough food per capita and, accordingly, no problem. Looking in greater depth than these gross averages, however, we find that there is indeed a prospective problem, and of such a nature and magnitude as to tax all of mankind's talents and resources in its resolution. It is true that certain of the developed countries of the world in the last generation acquired agricultural production capabilities that notably exceeded the resident population's capacity to consume. 'Surplus' in these areas became an ugly word during this period of a generally favorable weather cycle, and restrictions on the amount of and that could be devoted to graincrops were imposed to curb this tremendous capacity. A fickle Mother Nature, however, has turned things around during the early 1970's by one or another of her many vacillations in the form of local drought, excess moisture, shortened growing season, or other means, in some of the major producing areas. Inconsequence, the food grain surpluses are now gone and the world is looking at a  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jul 01, 1974
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: IAEA Bulletin; Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: 3 figs, 2 tabs, 4 photos
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; AGRICULTURE; COST; CULTIVATION; DOMESTIC ANIMALS; DROUGHTS; FOOD; HUMAN POPULATIONS; POPULATION DYNAMICS; PRODUCTIVITY; STATISTICS
OSTI ID:
21024966
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0020-6067; IAEBAB; TRN: XA08N0325046506
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Available on-line: http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull165/16505700214.pdf;INIS
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 2-14
Announcement Date:
May 31, 2008

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Citation Formats

Olson, R A. The world food problem. IAEA: N. p., 1974. Web.
Olson, R A. The world food problem. IAEA.
Olson, R A. 1974. "The world food problem." IAEA.
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title = {The world food problem}
author = {Olson, R A}
abstractNote = {Argument continues in the world press as to the urgency of the food problem. Some economists in equating world food production statistics with population figures have convinced themselves there is more than enough food per capita and, accordingly, no problem. Looking in greater depth than these gross averages, however, we find that there is indeed a prospective problem, and of such a nature and magnitude as to tax all of mankind's talents and resources in its resolution. It is true that certain of the developed countries of the world in the last generation acquired agricultural production capabilities that notably exceeded the resident population's capacity to consume. 'Surplus' in these areas became an ugly word during this period of a generally favorable weather cycle, and restrictions on the amount of and that could be devoted to graincrops were imposed to curb this tremendous capacity. A fickle Mother Nature, however, has turned things around during the early 1970's by one or another of her many vacillations in the form of local drought, excess moisture, shortened growing season, or other means, in some of the major producing areas. Inconsequence, the food grain surpluses are now gone and the world is looking at a three to four week reserve at any given moment. The cost of food products available from exporting countries has doubled and trebled in price during the past two years. The potential for famine exceeds in magnitude anything the world has ever known. It is against this background that the World Food Conference will be held in Rome during November of this year. (author)}
journal = {IAEA Bulletin}
issue = {5}
volume = {16}
place = {IAEA}
year = {1974}
month = {Jul}
}