Agriculture Today: A Worldwide Perspective Robert L. Thompson Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign September 25, 2008 Outline Globalization of agriculture Projected growth in global demand for food, feed and biofuels feedstocks.
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Robert L. Thompson
Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
September 25, 2008
Source: Congressional Research Service
*The UN Population Office’s low and high projections of the world population in 2050 are 7.8 billion and 11.9 billion, respectively.
2. India 1,132
3. United States 302
4. Indonesia 232
5. Brazil 189
6. Pakistan 169
7. Bangladesh 149
8. Nigeria 144
1. India 1,747
2. China 1,437
3. United States 420
4. Indonesia 297
5. Pakistan 295
6. Nigeria 282
7. Brazil 260
8. Bangladesh 2318 Largest Countries (millions)2007 2050
Source: Population Reference Bureau.
Source: World Bank. World Development Indicators database
Source: Renewable Fuels Association
Distribution of Arable Land Distribution of World Population
40% too dry 6% too rough terrain
21% too cold 2% unsuitable soils
21% too wet