David Zilberman, professor of Agriculture and Resources Economics at CNR, has been studying food trends for thirty years. He thinks drought, biofuels, transportation costs as well as increased income and demand for food imports in Asia are responsible for the increase in food prices.
He said the best way to fight global food shortages is through innovation and creative use of technology.
“To me, the key element is adaptability,” he said. “That basically, we keep the environment going, and we fight to adapt in the most effective way. We need to have incentives against pollution, against waste, against greenhouse gases, against all this other stuff, but at the same time we need to allow people the freedom to be creative and to increase our resource space.”
To find out more, check out the full text of Zilberman’s interview with the Sacramento Bee and KTVU’s story on global food shortages featuring David Zilberman and Brian Wright.