Improving Nutrition for a Healthier Life
Only about 11% of all land across the world is used to grow crops. This miniscule section of land is all we have to grow food for over 7 billion people on the planet – a monumental feat for farmers across the world. But this is set to become much harder as our population continues to increase manifold.
By the year 2050, the world’s population would have grown by over 30% to reach 9.7 billion. In just 3 decades, we’re going to have an additional 2.4 billion mouths to feed. This projection does not bode well for a world where almost 2 billion people already suffer from some form of malnutrition.
Malnutrition is one of mankind’s primary health concerns, affecting a large share of our population. As our population continues to grow, this concern will continue to exacerbate. As of now in India, close to half the 1.3 million deaths that occur amongst children of less than 5 years of age are directly linked to malnutrition. Even children who survive past this age face serious health issues such as stunted growth and other forms of permanent damage to their health.
A country’s growth is a reflection of the health and wellbeing of its people. And agriculture is one of the important pillars through which we can make a difference. With the right methods of producing food and fibre sustainably, we can set the base for adequate nutrition in India and around the world. This can also give impetus to India’s development as an economic superpower by developing the country’s primary industry and building a healthy populace.
Food is a basic right that no man, woman or child must lack. For mankind to achieve this, our annual food production must increase by 70 percent of what we produce today.
On the positive side, technology is leaping forward faster than our population. Advancements in agriculture technology are greatly enhancing our yield per acre of farmland. This World Health Day, take a moment to learn how modern agriculture holds the key to improving health of mankind and conquering this blight known as “malnutrition”.
Why Modern Agriculture holds the key
Right at the very source, if we produce more food, fewer people will go hungry. To do so, we need to employ the latest agriculture technologies and practices that positively impact the yield on our farms. Modern agriculture technologies enable us to grow crops that require fewer natural resources, grow in harsher conditions and produce higher yields.
The presence of pests and weeds can be a major hindrance to a farm’s yield. Pests on farms can eat away crops that could otherwise feed millions, while weeds steal essential nutrients from the soil, leaving essential crops with little to feed on. With the help of good weed management practices and efficient pest control can greatly help curtail losses and recover almost 40% of the yield that is lost today due to pests.
It’s now down to each of us to work towards a healthier world. At Monsanto, we have ambitiously taken on this challenge by working towards the benefit of farmers and their crops to help feed mankind. Through good science and employing the best agricultural practices, we can build a healthier and sustainable future for us all.