Report: Growth in agriculture must catch up to projected demand

farm

Photo Credit: flownaksala

Projected agriculture growth needs to catch up with anticipated demand for food and other products, according to an October report from Virginia Tech.

Findings published by the school’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences indicated worldwide agriculture productivity growth is rising at an average annual rate of 1.63%. However, the study also found that to meet the needs of an expected population of 10 billion people by 2050, global agricultural productivity would need to rise by 1.73%.

Despite the disparity, Robert Harper, grain division manager for Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, sees a silver lining. “The global agriculture community should be glad that only a slight increase in overall productivity is needed to meet the demand for 2050; the gap between 1.63% and 1.73% seems doable.”

The report noted that agricultural productivity has slowed in traditionally strong regions such as North America, Europe and Latin America, and growth is stronger in China and South Asia. It also determined that more land and water would be needed to meet future production targets, “straining a natural resource already threatened by climate change.”

The report found that environmental policies applied to ecosystem services such as pollination and erosion prevention can increase and sustain productivity gains over time.

“It is positive that the economists compiling the report indicated that increases in overall production do not necessarily mean poor environmental stewardship,” Harper explained. “The ag community is aware and glad to tell consumers outside of ag that economic, agronomic and environmental stewardship all work together.”

For the full report, visit globalagriculturalproductivity.org/.

         
 

UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.


augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news


Comments