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Leath: Investment in U.S. ag research must increase
President Steven Leath took to the national stage June 16 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C., to make a simple but important point: If the world is to have a fighting chance to feed the globe's projected 9.5 billion people in 2050, Congress must spend more on U.S. agricultural research now. "We are going to have 9.5 billion people in the world by 2050," Leath said. "That's a huge increase over the 7 billion we have now. How are we going to feed them and provide fuel? The demand to produce more on less land is going to be huge."
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More than 9 billion people will inhabit the planet by 2050, President Leath told participants of the March 7 Agriculture Summit in Des Moines. The greatest challenge is producing enough food, feed, fiber and fuel to meet needs and doing it in a way that protects our land and water. Iowa State researchers are working the problem on many fronts, he said, by identifying ways to improve production, studying risks and benefits of GM plant and animal products, developing techniques to reduce farm runoff to protect water and soil, and leading in development of biofuels and bio-products. Leath also advocated directing more federal money to ag research. Photo by Doug Hetherington, Des Moines