• Emil M. Mrak
Part of the FASEB Monographs book series (FASEBM, volume 1)


Food is a most basic and important component of man’s life. The biomedical and allied sciences have been focused on preventing and controlling disease, extending life and alleviating human misery. This emphasis on enhancing man’s health and well-being has resulted in increasing numbers of people and people who live longer with a consequent need for increased production of nutritious food. Although recently there has been increased scientific research and social emphasis on population control, the most optimistic estimates project an increase in world population of at least 40 % by 1985 and some demographers concede the possibility of an increase of over 50% (3.3 billion to 5.0 billion). By the year 2000 the world’s population likely will range from 6.0 billion to 7.15 billion. By then man must find more effective ways of feeding himself, regulating his population, and stabilizing his physical, social, and economic environments. This can be achieved only through accelerated scientific research.


Artificial Insemination Green Revolution International Rice Research Institute Rockefeller Foundation Chapter Versus 


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