Feeding the world without destroying it?
By 2025, farmers need to double their food output to feed an estimated global population of eight billion. That’s a startling statistic and what it means is something we all need to start thinking about.
I came across it in a report on the Colorado Ag Classic, a convention of Colorado wheat, seed, corn, sunflower and sorghum producers that was held this past week. Ag experts from the United States Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University talked about the challenges farmers will face in trying to meet future food demands.
Indeed, how we can feed our growing population is a huge issue that needs addressing. After all, feeding people is one thing, but doing it in a way that is also environmentally responsible and sustainable is another. And to my way of thinking, that’s the only choice we have.
This is a huge debate – and there are a lot of opinions out there. For example, here’s a link to a prof at UC Davis, who talks about agriculture and climate change (thanks to @KSFarmBureau). And here’s another to the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.