By Mike Stern
President and Chief Operating Officer, The Climate Corporation and Vice-President, Monsanto
The 1940s ushered in the first wave of what is now called the Green Revolution, which brought significant advancements in plant breeding. This era was quickly followed by additional waves of innovation in advanced breeding and biotechnology, which helped reduce risk and increase food production. The advances seen in the Green Revolution helped us to feed more than 2 billion people who joined our population over that time.
Today, we believe that we’re on the cusp of another important wave of innovation, the Green Data Revolution, … Full Article »
Today, the Global Harvest Initiative is releasing a new report, “How Latin America Can Feed the World.” This major, collaborative policy report provides a rationale for why Latin America has a critical role to play in helping to feed the world.
The report includes a detailed menu of recommendations and specific examples of partnerships that illustrate how countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Central America (LAC) can harness their potential to more productively and sustainably be a regional and global breadbasket for food, fiber, feed and fuel demand. The report focuses on key elements of food supply and food … Full Article »
Last week, The Economist Magazine published an extensive series of articles with the summary title of “The 9-billion people question: A special report on feeding the world.” The articles examine what is going to be required to feed more than two billion additional people by 2050.
A few selected quotes from the report’s introduction:
• “At the start of 2011 the food industry is in crisis. World food prices have risen above the peak they reached in early 2008.”
• “The end of the era of cheap food has coincided with growing concern about the prospects of feeding the world. … Full Article »