June 19, 2008 6:00 PM

Global quandary: How to feed a growing planet

How to feed humanity in this age of skyrocketing food and energy prices has emerged as one of the biggest challenges facing the planet. The problem is a global one, in which a breakdown anywhere in the food chain sets dire consequences in motion and in which the root causes range from rising consumption in Asia to growing biofuel production in the United States and Europe to dwindling supplies of water in the Middle East.

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