World Population Day: Feeding the Next Billion
The human population continues to explode at an alarming rate with world population being projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. China and India alone, have over a third of the world’s population. This forecast is a distress-call for mankind to adopt sustainable practices and limit our finite natural resources from dwindling further, while feeding everyone.
The food situation worldwide is critical with close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – already living in hunger and several of them succumbing to death due to malnutrition.
More the people there are, more the difficulty in meeting everyone’s basic needs; especially in poor countries with limited amounts of land and water. To meet that growing demand, agricultural production will have to increase by 60 percent. Now with the advent of newer technologies and solutions in farming, we can aim to meet those difficult targets.
Let us take a look at the game-changing role that modern agriculture and farming technology can play in meeting the world’s growing demand for food:
Living with a hotter planet
Modern agriculture is the key to survive the mounting demands the rising population has on our natural resources. Modern agriculture embraces innovative and sustainable solutions that help in the production of larger yields while enduring rapidly changing climatic conditions brought on by higher global temperatures.
Solutions and technologies such as herbicides, insecticides, conservation tillage, precision farming, crop sensors, mobile monitoring and more, have aided in reduction of agricultural fuel, soil erosion while also increasing crop productivity. These modern practices also help to protect water quality and safeguards biodiversity.
A larger population means lesser land availability for agriculture, which will result in destruction of natural forests. To curb the destruction of forests and increase the productivity of existing farmlands, we turn towards modern agriculture. With high-yielding hybrid seeds, farmers are able to produce higher crop yields on existing farmland.
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We must take the first step towards protection of natural resources and increased yields to tackle present and future food shortages, while conserving our planet’s precious resources. Given the current population trends, it is important to anticipate future needs and ensure we’re well on the path towards building a sustainable and bountiful future.