The Future of Food

"Population and income growth in the coming half century will lead to a tremendous rise in the demand for food. To meet this projected growth without massive extensification of farmland, agricultural yields must increase significantly." —Gina Waterfield and David Zilberman, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 2012


One of the most critical challenges facing humanity is ensuring a safe, nutritious, and affordable global food supply, while preserving biodiversity and minimizing environmental damage. Read the new Future of Food special article collection to learn more about food production, policy, and the economics of meeting the world's rapidly growing demand. This special collection expands upon discussions at the recent Zare Science Forum and features review articles from event panelists and other experts. All articles in this special article collection are free to read through JUNE 30, 2019 and always available at subscribing institutions.

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The Zare Science Forum on the Future of Food brought together three prominent contributors:

  • David Zilberman, Robinson Chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. David is the Co-Editor of the Annual Review of Resource Economics, and was recently awarded the 2019 Wolf Prize for Agriculture.
  • Pamela Ronald, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. Pam was recognized in 2015 by Scientific American as one fo the world’s 100 most influential people in biotechnology, and she is the author of Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food.
    • Patrick Brown, CEO and Founder of Impossible Foods. Impossible Burger 2.0 won Endgadget’s "Best of the Best" award at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Pat also cofounded of the Public Library of Science (PLOS).


This special collection features 20 review articles examining food production and policy and the impact on public health and the environment, including:

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