Monday, September 29, 2008

Producing ENOUGH Food Should be Priority

Doubling our current food production may not be enough
By Doug Rich

The food versus fuel debate continues to grab headlines. Ed Schafer, Secretary of Agriculture, and Hugh Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Monsanto Co., gave their views on this topic at a recent meeting of national business editors and writers in Kansas City, Mo.

The demand curve for agricultural production continues to expand. Grant estimates that in the next 40 years we will need to produce as much food as we did on this planet in the last 10,000 years.

"I don't worry about whether or not we will be able to double our production, I worry that it will be enough," Grant said. Read More

Continuing to utilize technology to produce plants with better genetics is a tradition the human race has been practicing for thousands of years. Our ancestors wouldn’t recognize today’s corn plant because it is the product of selective breeding. Moving forward is the only logical path to take. Especially with a world demanding more food, our species can’t afford to stop using technology.

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