World Agricultural Resources and Food Security: International Food Security Vol: 17

Andrew Schmitz
University of Florida, USA

P. Lynn Kennedy
Louisiana State University, USA

Troy G. Schmitz
Arizona State University, USA

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Product Details
26 Jul 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
328 pages - 152 x 229mm
Frontiers of Economics and Globalization


World agricultural resources will be altered by climate change which will require both public and private actions. Global agriculture is affected by invasive alien pest and disease species and by severe weather such as sea-level rise flooding and drought. Rising sea levels will increase salinity in coastal groundwater and the loss of coastal wetlands. Drought will increase the vulnerability of forest ecosystems due to decreased soil moisture and increased evapotranspiration. Many changes will be needed to maintain global food security. Climate change will affect food supply and demand, as well as prices. Research and development have the potential to impact both supply and demand, especially through the adoption of biotechnology. Researching plant and animal breeding for multiple disease resistance against pathogens of global relevance has great evolutionary potential. One such program is aquaculture. Another problem is land constraints as rural and urban areas compete for land. For rural food-insecure households, land competition means necessary changes in production practices. Research and development investments could substantially decelerate food prices to prevent hunger and deteriorating living standards in rural households worldwide. Increasing food security will mean establishing dietary guidelines that alleviate the negative health and economic outcomes associated with malnutrition. It is highly questionable to aggregate all food items based solely on calories per kilogram content when not all calories are equal in their effect on health. Food security also includes increasing diet diversity while decreasing food waste and loss. It is imperative that actions be taken for a food-secure future.
1. Zuzana Smeets Kristkova, Michiel van Dijk and Hans van Meijl - Assessing the Impact of Agricultural R&D Investments on Long-Term Projections of Food Security 
2. Brandon McFadden and Troy Schmitz - The Nexus of Dietary Guidelines and Food Security 
3. Lynn Kennedy, Karen Lewis and Andrew Schmitz - Food Security through Biotechnology: The Case of Genetically Modified Sugar Beets in the United States 
4. Farzad Taheripour and Wallace Tyner - What Would Happen if We Don’t Have GMO Traits? 
5. Junyi Chen, Bruce McCarl and Anastasia Thayer - Climate Change and Food Security: Threats and Adaptation 
6. David Letson - Climate Change and Food Security: Florida’s Agriculture in the Coming Decades 
7. Andreas Ebert - Vegetable Production, Diseases, and Climate Change 
8. Vince Smith and Joseph Glauber - U.S. Agricultural Policy: Impacts on Domestic and International Food Security
9. Andrew Schmitz, Lynn Kennedy and Michael Salassi - Sugarcane Yields and Production: Florida and Louisiana
10. James Anderson, Frank Asche, Taryn Garlock and Jingjie Chu - Aquaculture: Its Role in the Future of Food 
11. Lisha Zhang and James Seale - Food Security and the Food Safety Modernization Act 
12. Crina Viju, Stuart Smyth and William Kerr - Agricultural Biotechnology and Food Security: Can CETA, TPP, and TTIP Become Venues to Facilitate Trade in GM Products?  
13. Karen Thome, Birgit Meade, Stacey Rosen and John Beghin - Assessing Food Security in Ethiopia 
14. John Beghin and Yalem Teshome - The Coffee-Food Security Interface for Subsistence Households in Jimma Zone Ethiopia 
15. Ashok Mishra and Aditya Khanal - Assessing Food Security in Rural Bangladesh: The Role of a Nonfarm Economy 
16. Donald Mitchell, Aneth Kayombo and Nancy Cochrane - Food Costs during the Food Crisis: The Case of Tanzania 
17. Ulrich Koester - Food Loss and Waste as an Economic and Policy Problem

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