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July 24, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(13):1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690310058019

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Feeding the World.  —A discussion on the rapid increase of world population and the consequent need of increasing food production took place in the House of Lords on April 28. Viscount Samuel pointed out that the population of the world today (2.5 billion) was two and a half times what it was 100 years ago and if unchecked would be 5 billion by the year 2000. If food production does not keep pace with this, starvation, pestilence, and war will keep the population in check unless births are deliberately restricted in many countries. Viscount Samuel pointed out that there were enormous opportunities for extending the areas under cultivation and for increasing the existing yields. The peaceful development of atomic or solar energy might help those countries lacking natural sources of energy. Plankton, which could be harvested in unlimited amounts from the sea, could serve as an important source of protein

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