Population boom poses interconnected challenges of energy, food, water
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NEW ORLEANS, April 8, 2013 – Mention great challenges in feeding a soaring world population, and thoughts turn to providing a bare subsistence diet for poverty-stricken people in developing countries. But an expert speaking here today at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, described a parallel and often-overlooked challenge.
“The global population will rise from 7 billion today to almost 9 billion people by 2040,” Ganesh Kishore, Ph.D., said at the meeting, which continues through Thursday. “Providing enough food to prevent starvation and famine certainly will be a daunting problem. But we also have to meet the rising expectations of huge numbers of people who will be moving up into the middle class. We will have a New York City-sized population added to the middle class every second month. Their purchasing power is projected to be more than $60 trillion by 2040. Most of this growth will be in Asia. The expanding middle class will demand food that doesn’t just fill the belly, but food that’s appetizing, safe and nourishing, convenient to prepare and available in unlimited quantities at reasonable prices. Producing food for a middle class that will number more than 5 billion within 30 years will strain existing technology for clean water, sustainable energy and other resources.”
Kishore spoke at a symposium, “The Interconnected World of Energy, Food and Water,” that focused on approaches to prepare for the population boom. Kishore is a co-organizer of the symposium, along with John Finley, Ph.D., of Louisiana State University and Hessy Taft, Ph.D., of St. John’s University.
“We want to foster greater awareness among scientists, the public and policy-makers about the interconnections between these three challenges,” said Kishore. “Water, food and energy must be understood together – it’s not just one or the other, so we have speakers addressing all of these topics.
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