To feed a world population projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050, technology that can enhance food production will be a significant asset, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.

Ted Schroeder, university distinguished professor of agricultural economics, said dramatically increased food prices around the world in recent years, social unrest over food scarcity in countries like Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt, Mozambique and many others, combined with a growing world population, are raising the question of what will it take to feed the world's population 40 years from now. He spoke on the topic March 5, 2010 at K-State's Cattlemen's Day.

Schroeder said that technology isn't a magic wand to make these problems disappear, but it can contribute significantly to increasing food production. He cites how Iowa's corn yields sped past Italy's when Iowa farmers embraced yield-enhancing, genetically modified corn varieties that have been shunned by Italy and much of the European Union.

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