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Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2014
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Title
Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2014
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1313490111
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Colin K. Khoury, Anne D. Bjorkman, Hannes Dempewolf, Julian Ramirez-Villegas, Luigi Guarino, Andy Jarvis, Loren H. Rieseberg, Paul C. Struik

Abstract

The narrowing of diversity in crop species contributing to the world's food supplies has been considered a potential threat to food security. However, changes in this diversity have not been quantified globally. We assess trends over the past 50 y in the richness, abundance, and composition of crop species in national food supplies worldwide. Over this period, national per capita food supplies expanded in total quantities of food calories, protein, fat, and weight, with increased proportions of those quantities sourcing from energy-dense foods. At the same time the number of measured crop commodities contributing to national food supplies increased, the relative contribution of these commodities within these supplies became more even, and the dominance of the most significant commodities decreased. As a consequence, national food supplies worldwide became more similar in composition, correlated particularly with an increased supply of a number of globally important cereal and oil crops, and a decline of other cereal, oil, and starchy root species. The increase in homogeneity worldwide portends the establishment of a global standard food supply, which is relatively species-rich in regard to measured crops at the national level, but species-poor globally. These changes in food supplies heighten interdependence among countries in regard to availability and access to these food sources and the genetic resources supporting their production, and give further urgency to nutrition development priorities aimed at bolstering food security.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 17 1%
Germany 6 <1%
Colombia 6 <1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
Italy 5 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Brazil 4 <1%
Argentina 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
Other 33 2%
Unknown 1286 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 302 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 233 17%
Student > Master 214 16%
Student > Bachelor 127 9%
Other 69 5%
Other 237 17%
Unknown 193 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 483 35%
Environmental Science 215 16%
Social Sciences 106 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 51 4%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 39 3%
Other 218 16%
Unknown 263 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 776. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 August 2022.
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