Submitted to: Chronica Horticulturae
Publication Type: Popular publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/15/2014
Publication Date: 6/15/2104
Citation: Wisniewski, M.E., Droby, S., Wilson, C.L. 2104. Feeding a hungry world: the challenge of developing safe and effective methods of food preservation. Chronica Horticulturae. 54(2):9-13. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Preventing the loss of harvested commodities due to either postharvest diseases or physiological breakdown (uncontrolled ripening) offers a significant approach to providing the increased yields of food that will be needed to feed the world population in the 21st century (Wilson 2013). Activities sponsored by International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and their efforts to stimulate global cooperation in agricultural research can also help to address this challenge. Additional human and financial resources should be allocated to postharvest research, education and extension to achieve the goal of reducing postharvest food losses and waste. Also, more national and international cooperation is needed to efficiently disseminate science-based information about food quality and safety to all those involved in food production, handling, and marketing. Time is short. We will need to work as a global community. Governments and industry will need to commit major financial resources to overcome the challenges of providing sufficient food for a growing world population under the conditions of climate change. Such efforts will be important to the security of all nations.