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Feed the growing world population

Cindy’s 2 cents

Feed the growing world population


According to the latest figures from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), one US farm feeds 166 people each year in the United States and abroad. The world population today is about 7.9 billion. Much smarter than I have studied these things, I expect that number to grow by 2.2 billion within the next 30 years. According to AFBF, this means that farmers around the world have to grow about 70% more food than what is currently produced.

Some people disagree with this conclusion, or at least some of the conclusions that predict farmers will grow food. Some believe that in order to “protect our natural resources and the environment,” we must give up the notion that food comes from living flora and fauna. The delegation believes that “manufactured” or laboratory-produced food products are widely accepted by consumers who are enthusiastic about “saving the planet.”

Another delegation believes that the best way to “save the planet” is to limit meat consumption. Plant-based proteins are the solution.

Organic farming practices are becoming more popular. USDA defines this as “a system that integrates cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that promote resource circulation, promote ecological balance, and protect biodiversity.”

If I wasted the precious space in this column and described all the agricultural practices, tools and techniques that many farmers have adopted over the years to protect their land, water and air, I would be a choir. Preach to. I lie if I say that every farmer feels responsible for managing the resources needed to grow crops and raise livestock. There are bad apples in every barrel, but the bad actor, the peasant, is definitely the standard exception.

There are many factors that influence a person’s food choices, such as personal preference, ethnicity, appetite, time and convenience, and perhaps the ultimate determinant of personal income / price. Many people are very interested in where their food came from and how it was grown. Many people prefer “sustainable” and “natural” foods. However, that preference is not always reflected in purchasing behavior.

When the world population grows as expected. To maintain an average caloric intake from a minimum of 2500 in India to a maximum of 3800 in the United States. We need all means of food production.

I personally don’t like meat “grown” in the lab, but I think everyone has a place when it comes to farming practices. As long as your practices are ethical and you don’t disseminate false information to attract consumers, I believe the diversity of production practices is good.

Marketing is good. There is no lie.

If you do what you know is right on your farm every day, traditional, organic, big, small, and everything in between is fine with my book.

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