Year 2050: 9 billion mouths to feed?

World Population Graph courtesy of WikipediaAccording to scientists, by the year 2050, the world population will be at about 9 BILLION people. Unless we adjust today’s agricultural and food production methods, this will mean that about 1 BILLION people on the planet will be starving and malnourished.

ANOTHER Population Boom!

In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s there was a great deal of lip service given to the term “population boom”. Families reunited after World War II literally spawned the Baby Boomer generation. In the last five decades the world population has expanded from a few billion to nearly triple at 6.8 billion currently. Projections indicate that number will increase, adding another 2-6 billion in the next 4 decades.

Solutions: Radical to Intelligent

The solutions for managing world population are far ranging.  On one extreme, there’s China’s one child law.  But such a policy infringes on individual human rights and given the global variety of societal and religious beliefs, these solutions are the most difficult to implement.

But something needs to be done. We simply cannot feed 9 billion people with our current agricultural yields.

According to Monsanto, the world’s largest agricultural biotech company, “Farmers will have to produce more food in the next few decades than they have in the last 10,000 years combined.”

And the answer is…

Biotechnological solutions that are both positive and economically sound. Earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the governments of developing countries and nongovernmental organizations, including 17 multinational food and agriculture companies, formed a task force to address the issue of providing food for 2 billion more people in the next four decades with finite land and resources. “We know that will take not only innovation but a lot of collaboration,” said Jim Borel of Dupont, who said the initiative will work with nongovernmental organizations and governments “to get the pump primed and get things moving” for technology-friendly regulations and infrastructure.

The answer is a call for changes in our legislation to encourage biotechnology research and productivity.

  • Genetic hybridization of agricultural products for sturdier crops for specific environments.
  • Improved chemical and biological tools to reduce pest infestations and increase crop yields such as more efficient fertilizers.

Getting the Right Ears to Listen

As a biotechnology lobbying firm, Cansler Consulting is well versed in the intricacies of biotech policy and all the factors and agendas involved. We can reach the people that need to hear the facts. If your organization needs its interests protected during this time of decision, please contact us today at (202) 714-2822 for a consultation today to see how we can help your organization build support where it needs it most.

For more information on this topic, see: Charlotte Observer, Wikipedia

Tim Cansler