March 19, 2009

Researcher predicts 2030 food/water crisis

Britain's leading government scientist says the world faces a perfect storm of food, energy and water shortages by 2030.

John Beddington said the world's population is estimated to reach more than 8.3 billion by 2030, increasing demand for food and energy by 50 percent and the need for fresh water by 30 percent, the Telegraph newspaper reported Thursday

Beddington said scientists need to develop more disease-resistant and pest-resistant plants and better harvesting procedures to meet future demand, the newspaper said.