Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture: Premises and Policies

05 July 2013


Science 5 July 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6141 pp. 33-34 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234485 Authors: T. Garnett, M. C. Appleby, A. Balmford, I. J. Bateman, T. G. Benton, P. Bloomer, B. Burlingame, M. Dawkins, L. Dolan, D. Fraser, M. Herrero, I. Hoffmann, P. Smith1, P. K. Thornton, C. Toulmin, S. J. Vermeulen, H. C. J. Godfray

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Food security is high on the global policy agenda. Demand for food is increasing as populations grow and gain wealth to purchase more varied and resource-intensive diets. There is increased competition for land, water, energy, and other inputs into food production. Climate change poses challenges to agriculture, particularly in developing countries, and many current farming practices damage the environment and are a major source of greenhouse gases. In an increasingly globalized world, food insecurity in one region can have widespread political and economic ramifications.