Monday, March 1, 2010
The annual meeting of the The American Association for the Advancement of Science, held on February 17, explored the implications for agriculture of the projected growth of the world's population to 9 billion people by 2030. A significant challenge will be to provide enough food to meet demand.
According to a ScienceDaily report on the event
[Rod] Hill [a University of Idaho animal scientist] and Larry Branen, a University of Idaho food scientist, organized a symposium during the American Association for the Advancement of Science anual meeting to explore ways biotechnology could provide healthy and plentiful animal-based foods to meet future demands.
Synthetic biology, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and other applications of biotechnology -- and the public's role in determining their acceptable uses -- were all addressed by panelists during the session.