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6/3/11 2:50 PM Science and the Global Prospect » American Scientist Page 1 of 1 http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/id.3222,y.0,no.,content.true,page.1,css.print/issue.aspx FROM THE PRESIDENT Science and the Global Prospect On November 12–13, in the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles, members and others attending the Sigma Xi Forum will consider the role of science in bridging the gaps between the 6.3 billion of us who populate our increasingly crowded planet. In just 400 generations, human beings have developed crop agriculture and used the secure food supplies that it makes possible to develop civilization, with all of its positive and negative aspects. Our overall population has grown from an estimated several million people at the dawn of agriculture, 10,000 years ago, to its present level; consumption has grown to unprecedented levels, with 20 percent of the world’s people enjoying the benefits of approximately 85 percent of the world’s economy; the other 80 percent of us survive on the remaining 15 percent. Some 1.3 billion people, about one in every five persons, live in absolute poverty, on less than $1(US)
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