Economic Botany

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 383–387 | Cite as

Progress in the development of economic botany and knowledge of food plants

  • TyÔzaburÔ Tanaka
  • E. H. Walker


Japan is a country very poor in natural resources, as we are compelled to believe. We are convinced this is true with respect to mineral resources, but our plant and animal resources can be strengthened by the domestication of foreign introductions. The task of developing and increasing our biological resources should be a challenge to our agronomists and biologists, since we will have to feed in this tiny country 110,000,000 people by the year 2,000.

During the same period the projected increase in the world’s population will require double the amount of food available today. It has been well said (Professor Kashiwa, 1966) that the future food situation is more of a threat to mankind than the hydrogen bomb. I believe that precise scientific knowledge of our food resources will become a lighthouse in the darkness cast by the menace of the world's future food shortage. The need for such a study cannot be ignored by organizations like the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East, which are eagerly fighting the peril of hunger throughout the world. Thus it seems tragic that a lone, unsupported worker is attacking this problem in a single-handed fight.


Food Plant Economic Botany Hemp Edible Plant Economic Plant 
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© The New York Botanical Garden 1967

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  • TyÔzaburÔ Tanaka
  • E. H. Walker

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