Feeding the world: Did scientists just figure out how to grow more food?

About 7 billion people live on Earth today and that number is expected to rise to more than 9 billion by 2050. In order to meet that growing population’s demand for food, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that we will need to increase global food production by at least 70 percent.

To make that happen, scientists have come up with a gene editing method that could make the process of photosynthesis more efficient in plants, thus increasing crop yield without increasing agricultural land use. Their technique is detailed in a study published Thursday in the journal Science.

The purpose of the research, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to generate more sustainable farming practices for subsistence farmers in developing countries in the future. READ MORE.