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FAOGraziano da Silva: Competition for resources and energy necessitates a “paradigm shift” – Biofuels should be part of the mix.

Increasing competition for natural resource and emerging resource bottlenecks mean that global agriculture can no longer operate using a “business as usual” approach – the input-intensive agricultural development model used for the past 40 years is no longer sustainable, and a “paradigm shift” in food production is needed.

This was the key message of a speech delivered today by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture taking place this week in Berlin as part of Green Week observances here.

The topic of the forum this year is The Growing Demand for Food, Raw Materials and Energy: Opportunities for Agriculture, Challenges for Food Security?

“Business as usual would mean a huge and simultaneous increase in the need for food, energy and water in the next decades: 60 percent more food, 50 percent more energy and 40 percent more water by 2050,” Graziano da Silva said during his remarks.

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