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August 27, 2012
Leslie Gordon 650-329-4000

Media Advisory: Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Free USGS Public Lecture August 30

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — Global experts recognize that worldwide demand for food will require more than 1 billion hectares of new cropland to feed the 9 billion plus people expected to populate our planet by 2050, and are concerned because currently over 70 percent of all the water used by humans in most countries goes toward crops that produce food. To effectively monitor this rapidly evolving situation, scientists will be relying on satellite remote-sensing to supply crucial information that's needed for decision-makers who'll be developing policy guidelines affecting croplands and their water use around the world. The U.S. Geological Survey invites the public to our August Evening Public Lecture, where USGS research geographer Prasad Thenkabail will give a talk explaining the challenges of meeting the increasing need for cropland areas and agricultural water to meet the growing demand for worldwide food production.

Who: Prasad Thenkabail, USGS Research Geographer

What: Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Hear why social scientists recognize that global food security is a primary requirement for human advancement, overall societal health, and peaceful coexistence.

When: Thursday, August 30, 2012
Noon — Lecture preview for USGS employees and press
7 p.m. — Public lecture (also live-streamed over the Internet)

Where: U.S. Geological Survey
Building 3 Auditorium, second floor
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

More Information and Directions: USGS Evening Public Lecture Series
Menlo Park Science Center Campus Map

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