20 Mar 2013

New CAST Issue Paper Examines the Important Connections Between the World's Needs for Food and Fuel and the Thoughtful Use of Nutrients

March 20, 2013 – Norcross, Georgia, USA – The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) would like to alert you about the release of a new report published by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). This publication looks at the processes shaping the current nutrient situation and the resulting requirements as world food production evolves during the next 40 years. The objective of this paper is to obtain a better understanding of the factors influencing future fertilizer nutrient requirements and availability, and the authors address the issues in the following sections:

  • Population Dynamics in the World of 2050
  • Food Needs to Sustain the World Population
  • The Impact of Energy and Biomass Production
  • Land Use and Productivity
  • Applied Nutrients and Nutrient Availability

Led by the task force chair, David Zilberman, the authors cite key research, make specific observations, and point out trends that will affect food production in the coming decades. They make a strong case for the interrelated nature of food, fuel, and nutrients—and they emphasize the need to support research and development in these areas.

Task Force Authors:
  • David Zilberman (Chair), University of California–Berkeley
  • Paul E. Fixen, International Plant Nutrition Institute
  • Bruce Dale, Michigan State University
  • John L. Havlin, North Carolina State University

CAST Issue Paper 51 is available online at the CAST website, www.cast-science.org (or see 'Related Content' on your left to download the paper!)


Notes to Editors
CAST is an international consortium of scientific and professional societies, companies, and nonprofit organizations. It assembles, interprets, and communicates credible science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.

Contacts for this Issue Paper:
Dr. David Zilberman—Phone: 510-642-6570; E-mail: zilber@are.berkeley.edu
Ms. Linda M. Chimenti—Phone: 515-292-2125, ext. 231; E-mail: lchimenti@cast-science.org

IPNI contacts: Dr. Terry Roberts, IPNI President; Phone: 770.447.0335; E-mail: info@ipni.net; Dr. Paul Fixen, IPNI Senior Vice President and Director of Research; Phone: 605-692-6280; E-mail: pfixen@ipni.net; or Gavin Sulewski, IPNI Editor; Phone: 770.825.8080; E-mail: gsulewski@ipni.net

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