This past week I attended a meeting where a speaker offered interesting food for thought. He shared a statistic from FAO, which estimates that global food output must rise 70% by 2050 to feed approximately 9.1 billion people worldwide. Clearly, a huge issue that we need to address today is how we will be able to feed all of these mouths in less than forty years.
Those of us in the agricultural industry know that the most environmentally-friendly way to meet this increased demand won’t come from farming more acres. Just as agricultural yields of today are far greater than 100, 50 and even 25 years ago because of improvements in seeds, growing techniques and much more, technological advancements in the future will continue to allow us to produce more with less acreage. As a supporter of green initiatives, I’m proud to say that using agricultural technology will help us to preserve the environment around us while providing people around the world with safe, high quality foods.
Step out of the way, Miss America. America’s farmers and innovators in the agricultural industry have this one covered.