Diversity in food production – AgriNews

The most recent figures from the American Farm Bureau Federation show that one American farm feeds 166 people per year in the United States and abroad.

The world population is now around 7.9 billion. Much smarter people than me who have researched these things expect that number to increase by 2.2 billion over the next 30 years.

According to the AFBF, this means that the world’s farmers will have to produce around 70% more food than what is produced now.

There are those who dispute this conclusion, or at least the part of the conclusion that predicts that farmers will grow food. There are those who believe that in order to “protect our natural resources and the environment” we must let go of the idea that food comes from a living animal or plant. This contingent believes that “manufactured” or laboratory-produced foods will be widely accepted by consumers concerned with “saving the planet”.

Another contingent thinks the best way to “save the planet” is to limit meat consumption. Plant proteins are their solution.

Organic production practices have grown in popularity. The US Department of Agriculture defines this as “a system that integrates cultural, biological and mechanical practices that promote resource cycling, promote ecological balance, and preserve biodiversity.”

I would preach to the choir if I lost valuable space in this column describing all the farming practices, tools and technologies that many farmers have used over time to protect the land, water and air they have. load.

I would be lying if I said that all farmers feel responsible for managing the resources needed to grow their crops or raise their livestock. There is a bad apple in every barrel, but a farmer who is a bad actor is most certainly an exception to the norm.

Many factors influence any person’s food choices: personal preferences, ethnicity, appetite, time and convenience, and perhaps the ultimate determining factor – personal income and price.

Many people are more interested in where their food comes from and how it was grown. Many prefer “sustainable” and “natural” foods. However, this preference is not always reflected in their buying behavior.

If the world population is going to grow as expected – if the average calorie intake, from a low of 2,500 in India to a high of 3,800 in the United States, is to be maintained – we will need all avenues of food production. .

Personally, I’m not in favor of lab-grown meat, but when it comes to husbandry practices, I think there is room for everyone. I think diversity in production practices is a good thing, as long as your practices are ethical and you don’t spread false information to attract consumers.

Marketing is good. The lie is not.

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