World Food Production

The Future of Agriculture from The Economist

The Future of Agriculture from The Economist

The British agronomist Jethro TullĀ invented the seed drill, the horse drawn hoe, and an improved plow. These are now recognized as major technological improvements that helped modernize agriculture in the 18th century, though it took over a century for fierce early resistance to fade away. Some 300 years on from his contributions, agriculture has continued […]

Population, Resources and Food Production

Population, Resources and Food Production

For much of the history of civilization, the relationship between food supply and population growth has been inseparable in cause and effect. There were long periods of relative stagnation and some leaps forward, but there was always the concern if food production could keep up with population (see LT Evans, 1998, and V Smil, 2001). […]