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Is Australian agriculture up against it?

By Peter Batt, Curtin University

Published 21 December 2011 at The Conversation.

There is no doubt that the greatest challenge currently facing agriculture is our capacity to feed an anticipated population of 9 billion by 2050.

Not only is there an increasing demand for food, but the form in which food is consumed today places additional constraints upon the system. With increasing income and greater urbanisation, diets are including more meat, dairy products and oils. In order to meet the increased demand, the FAO estimates that by 2050, food production will have to double...

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