According to UN projections, the world’s population could reach 9.15 billion by 2050, creating a 60 percent increase in demand for food. Add to this that crops may also be used increasingly for bio-energy and other industrial purposes.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that global warming will reduce agricultural yield by 2 percent per decade.

Also consider that today roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.

To meet tomorrow’s needs, we are clearly going to have to learn to feed more people with less land in more sustainable ways and to provide people world-wide with access to high quality, fresh and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

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