The State of Food and Agriculture 1971

Water Pollution and its Effects on Living Aquatic Resources and Fisheries

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In addition to the usual review of the recent world food and agriculture situation, each issue of The State of Food and Agriculture from 1957 has included one or more special studies of problems of longer-term interest. This year's edition focuses on water pollution and its effects on living aquatic resources and fisheries.




A reassuring feature among the developments in world agriculture in 1970 was the continued progress of rice and wheat production in the Far East, the world's most concentrated food deficit zone, as steadily increasing use was made of improved seed varieties. Total food production in that region again rose at a rate comfortably ahead of the population growth, and governments are taking measures to spread the new technology over still larger areas and to bring it to farmers who thus far have not been able to profit by it.


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