Thanks to John Coulter for letting me know that the February 12, 2010 issue of Science is devoted to food security. See http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol327/issue5967/index.dtl where you can download copies of the various articles. According to John, “While every article mentions population, every one of them treats population as a given – how technologies in food production can assist in coping with a population of 9 billion by 2050. Not a single article on trying to curb demand by limiting population and no consideration as to what happens to population post 2050 if curbs are not put in place before then. It’s all very depressing. One article praises the efforts of one woman in Uganda for raising the productivity of her small farm but mentions ‘in passing’ that she has nine children.”
It would be good if you could send a letter to Science pointing to this glaring defect. Send your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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