Food prices could double unless farming undergoes the “greenest revolution” including genetic modification, cloned livestock and nanotechnology, scientists have warned.
The Government-commissioned report said the current system of food production is not working as farms are focused on mass production that is destroying the environment.
While billions of people around the world are hungry and malnourished, more than a billion others are suffering health problems because of obesity.
This problem is likely to get worse as the population rises and agricultural land becomes increasingly scarce because of climate change and environmental degradation.
The authors of the report pointed out that for the first time in 100 years food prices are going up rather than down. Food prices as a whole could rise by around 50 per cent by 2050, impacting on everyone from British families to consumers in China.
Certain essential foods like maize could double in price leaving hundreds of millions of people hungry in poor countries in Africa.
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