World Potato Congress speaker Anton Haverkort outlines key developments for 2012
January 27, 2012
This year’s World Potato Congress, to be held in Edinburgh in May and organised by Potato Council, has attracted a remarkable line-up of international speakers including Dr Anton Haverkort of Netherlands-based Plant Research International.
Around the world companies are putting more emphasis on sustainability and the drive will continue during 2012, with developed markets like Europe paving the way, says Dr Haverkort.
“The global population is set to peak at 9bn by mid-century. The diet of that population is also changing to include more meat and the need for land, water and energy will rise steeply.
“This, together with adverse effects of climate change in some areas may mean the footprints of land, water and energy may become too large to sustain food production in the long run.”