College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

So many people, so little food: Helping feed the world through genomics

According to the United Nations, the world’s population will be over 9 billion by 2050 and over 11 billion by the next century. That’s a lot of souls for which the world’s farmers — both agriculturists and aquaculturists — must produce nutrient-rich foods. In 2009, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a High Level Experts Forum in Rome to discuss food needs around the planet.