Sustainable Ag News and Information
“Brazil stands on the brink of becoming an agricultural superpower.” So says the Financial Times. Motivated by fears that reliance upon imported food staples would prove financially unsustainable, Brazil, has worked tirelessly over the past four decades to augment its domestic agricultural production through major investments in agriculture research. As a result of investment in farm technologies and practices, grain production yields have grown by 152% in the past 20 years.
Bayer CropScience hosted its annual Ag Issues Forum this week to discuss the impending challenge of sustainably feeding a fast-growing world population in the 21st century. Speakers at the event ranged from Clayton Yeutter, former US Secretary of Agriculture to Robert Kenner, the producer, writer, and director of Food, Inc. Discussion topics included “A look at Agriculture through the Food, Inc. Prism,” “Capital Investment in Agriculture,” and “Standing Up for Our Food System.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will provide nearly $105 million in funding over the next 5 years for sustainable agriculture programs that benefit developing countries. Cornell University will receive $40 million from the partners to develop wheat varieties that are resistant to emerging strains of stem rust disease. For more on the partnership read the article “Gates Foundation Supports Sustainable Agriculture.”