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The world must produce significantly more food in the future than it does today. To meet the world's need for food, we must increase production by at least 50 percent over the next 22 years without further negative effects on the environment.

Jane Silverthorne, deputy director of NSF's Division of Biological Infrastructure, discussed the role of basic research in this process during her visit to Cornell's Boyce Thompson Institute on April 7, 2009.