Population growth: significant ag productivity gains required near-term

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Population growth: significant ag productivity gains required near-term

Most food experts have been focusing on the need to increase world food production to feed 9 billion people by 2050. But the world’s need for more food could be much more pressing than that. Bayer CropScience leaders believe world food demand could grow by 25 percent between 2010 and 2020. The company’s Lykele van der Broek explains in this interview at Bayer CropScience’s 2012 Ag Issues Forum in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday.

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Tim Gieseke (not verified)
on Mar 1, 2012

I appreciate the effort that many gifted scientists, at Bayer and others, have taken to expand the means to grow food, fiber and fuel stocks. But I think their mantra to feed the world through expansion of production is too narrow. It is a crowd-pleaser if you are in ag production or anywhere along the processing line, but the solution is broader - I mean, if we are looking for a solution not just looking for economic gain during this tremendous task before us. Round numbers get thrown around alot, but I believe 30% of food is lost upfront in many production zones and 30% is wasted at the end of many food chains.
If we use the analogy that we must heat everyone' home, but 30% of the fuel leaks from the tank and/or 30% of the heat is lost through leaving doors and windows open, then the solution is not bigger, higher efficient furnaces - the solution is broader. If Bayer was a furnace maker and gave the above video speech, would we not ask for the whole picture. Those Bayer thinkers certainly could figure out how to keep a house warm beyond pumping more heat. In the 21st century, narrow-devised solutions are no longer solutions.

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