, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 135-137
Date: 22 Dec 2012

Food security: some issues impacting on future food availability

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The identification of threats is the key to food security as pre-emptive solutions cannot be developed until problems are recognised. This volume highlights a number of threats, and the associated research, by bringing together fourteen papers. These have already appeared in editions of the Journal of Experimental Botany in 2011 and 2012, but are presented here as a collection that focuses on food security.

In his preface, Davies declares that we are approaching the “perfect storm” in food security in which the pressures of a rising world population, climate change, water shortages, the availability of quality land for crop production and the rising cost of energy are all colliding. He surmises that some of these problems can be ameliorated through advances in science, but science will not provide the complete solutions.

Reporting on solutions to human malnutrition or adverse environmental pressures on plant productivity, the popular press has publicised quick fixes. These solutions have