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Feeding The Planet: UK Chief Scientist on Food Production and Requirements
This article gives an overview of many of the findings, as well as UK Chief Government Scientist John Beddington's outlook on a hungry future.
One study suggests one of my personal favorite solutions to world hunger: growing artificial meat in a giant vat. Why not? I'd happily chow down on a faux piggy if it meant more efficient food production, less reliance on fossil fuels and a perfected crunch in my BLT.