Author: J. Perry Gustafson

Sustaining World Food Supply using novel technologies

John W. Snape,
J. Perry Gustafson
The UN projects that by 2050 World food production will need to increase by a minimum of 70% to feed a projected World population of more than 9 billion. It is clear that extraordinary improvements in agricultural productivity will be necessary. World food production has been steadily increasing from ~2.94 billon metric tonnes (Bt) in 1961 (plants ~2.45 Bt and ~0.49 animals Bt) to ~8.27 Bt in 2007 (plants ~7.36 Bt and animals ~1.22 Bt) (1). Most importantly, this massive increase in food …


Norman Borlaug 1914-2009

J. Perry Gustafson,
Dr David Frape
This Issue of World Agriculture is dedicated to the memory of Norman Borlaug, who was born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa in 1914 and who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. He died in September 2009 during the preparation for this journal of a paper of which he is a co-author. Borlaug always displayed remarkable personal stamina in his plant breeding research, working 12-hour days in harsh field conditions, where he challenged younger researchers with the physical prowess he had developed on the …