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Iceland May Have Advantage in Global Food Crisis

Iceland may play a big part in resolving problems in relation with the world’s food security, according to Julian Cribb, a well-known Australian lecturer discussing an imminent world famine, who spoke at the headquarters of deCODE in Reykjavík on Monday.


Grain farming in south Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Cribb states that until 2060 the world’s food production must double to meet people’s needs. However, this situation not only poses a problem but also offers various business opportunities, he told Fréttabladid.

“Countries like Iceland who practice fringe agriculture under difficult circumstances have knowledge that is valuable. This knowledge could become an export product,” Cribb said. “As the climate changes this knowledge could become as valuable as the food products themselves.”

“[Iceland] could become the Silicon Valley of agricultural knowledge,” he added. “There are opportunities involved if you invest in science and technology and continue developing this knowledge. That is what is most important.”

Cribb stated it is necessary for the world to take immediate action on food security and production because it will take time to solve these upcoming issues. Agriculture must be revolutionized because all resources needed for food production are diminishing.

“Water shortage is probably the biggest problem because it takes a lot of water to produce food. Countries [like Iceland] that have plentiful water have a great advantage,” he concluded.

Click here to listen to Cribb’s lecture.


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