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Science  12 Jun 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6240, pp. 1215
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab1045

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Confronted with a rapidly increasing global population, sluggish crop yield increases, and uncertainty about the future climate, the agricultural community faces the challenge of doubling crop yields by 2050. However, too often, we focus on increased productionper se without adequate consideration of other elements that contribute to food insecurity. The End of Plenty presents a fascinating narrative about agriculture, population, hunger, and health, spanning decades, that frames the current situation within a historical context. Along the way, author Joel K. Bourne Jr. analyzes some of the most complex and contentious issues challenging food supply today.