Almost a billion people all over the earth suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Many of them are starving while the world's population continues to grow dramatically. The population in the industrialized nations, whose hunger is still abundantly satisfied, must struggle with the costs of heavily subsidized overproduction of food. Still, the worldwide lack of food will also pose a threatening problem to them.
Klaus Hahlbrock is Professor emeritus of Biochemistry and was Director at the Max Planck Institute of Plane Breeding Research in Cologne as well as Vice President of the Max Planck Society.