January 28, 2016

28/01/2016: The End of Plenty - A Review by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, Milling and Grain magazine

First published in Milling and Grain, November 2015  

In 1989 I was researching reasons why our compound feed industry needed a strong global voice. I was secretary general of the International Feed Industry Federation and I had heard whispers that the world’s food demand might treble in the 21st Century to keep pace with population growth, but little additional information was available.

I spent time checking through the US Bureau of Statistics website and came across population projections that showed global population would peak at 9.5 billion by 2050 before plateauing to end the century at slightly more than 10 billion.

It was obvious to me then that this was a vital piece of information, that a 50 percent increase in our population would occur in little more than 50 years. It may still become a ticking time bomb in terms of global food security for the industry responsible for producing much of the protein consumers want.

That moment of clarity, and I have done much in the intervening period to promote what has now become a well-known clich√© of ‘ feeding 9.5 billion people by 2050’ was largely on my mind when I received a review copy of ‘The End of Plenty’ from US publishers W.W. Norton and Company.

Read the full review in Milling and Grain HERE.  

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