Sustainable Agriculture Solutions Needed to Feed World
February 28, 2011 | Robert Puro
New and more sustainable agricultural technologies and business models must be introduced in order to decrease reliance on scarce non-renewable inputs, ease pressure on water resources, increase yield per acre without harm to the environment, and cut post-harvest losses arising from waste and spoilage.
By 2050 the world population is expected to reach a peak of 9 billion people. This 40% increase in population, combined with increasing per capita income in developing nations, is projected to increase global demand for food by 70% according to the FAO.
Over the next 40 years the amount of land available for agricultural production will decrease, but the cost of such non-renewable agricultural inputs as phosphorus and fossil fuels that drove the unprecedented production gains of The Green Revolution will continue to increase as they reach and surpass peak usage.
Currently 80% of the world’s arable land is in use and priceless topsoil that takes centuries to regenerate continues to erode at unsustainable rates due to antiquated farming methods and technologies.
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Sustainable solutions for the future of agriculture must be developed today.