Column: Science, technology, politics needed in feeding population

As a teacher, I believe it is part of my role to keep students abreast of current events and issues involving our industry.

Most national agriculture media and many of the multinational agricultural corporations feature as a major part of their message the U.N. estimate that by 2050 global population will increase from approximately 7 billion now to surpass 9 billion.

This growth will happen in developing nations, primarily in Africa. On top of that, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. estimates that food production will have to double to meet that need. As I was photocopying one of these articles to assign for a class discussion, I suddenly thought, “Why does this seem to be agriculture’s problem to solve?” Then I realized that, of course, it isn’t only the agriculture industry that has to deal with issues in the predicted population growth, it turns out that it is really a problem that education can solve.


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