Long-term food security depends upon many variables.
Koo, a professor and director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies Director in the NDSU sums it up like this,
“Being able to satisfy the aggregate consumption of calories to lead active and healthy lives (33 trillion calories) to feed the world security is not just a problem for the poor. It will become, increasingly, a problem for everybody.”
Koo’s theory, stirred many questions for me. Research indicates millions of concerned individuals worldwide are asking the same questions.
- Are there any viable solutions to meet the growing demands for the arable land that we can implement now?
- With an increasing population comes an increased demand on natural resources. Will Mother Earth be able to survive with out suffering severe consequences, if we do not act now to embrace sustainable options, now?
- Are there any farming technologies available that can remedy current negative trends that will enhance food quality, safety and security?
- What successful alternative agricultural practices that have been implemented in areas of the world where they experienced similar problems?
- What commodities can become sustainable and provide economic profitability?
- Could global warming be contributing to uncertainty in crop and livestock production, adversely impacting the health of humanity and the plant?
- What is the reality of increasing price volatility in agricultural products? Will it trigger more starvation?
So many questions, so many concerns; do we have the time to implement resolutions?
Many people want truthful answers and viable solutions, NOW.
Sustainable agriculture, along with the rebirth of local family farming will aid the problem enormously. Vertical Hydroponic production for human and animal food
· Utilizes less water
· Requires less land
· 70% of farming will never require arable land
· Is drought resistant
· Reduces greenhouse gasses
· Increases food calorie quality
· Will benefit to the economy
· Increase the heath of the nation
Implementation of commercial hydroponic systems and production methods has proven to provide solutions to droughts, severe weather conditions, limited arable land and diseased and infested crops.
Here is what Koo said:
“• Assume that global warming will affect agricultural production negatively. It is important to develop crop varieties that are adaptable under severe weather conditions. In addition, all nations should develop a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent continuous global warming. This effort should be global rather than regional.
• All countries, especially developed countries, should invest in research and development to improve agricultural productivity and make the technology available to developing and food- deficit countries and regions.
• It is important to develop a global carryover stock policy to reduce uncertainty in agricultural production stemming from the weather.”
Together we can reverse negative trends and improve agricultural productivity, reduce greenhouse gasses, successfully regardless of severe weather conditions and limited arable land availability. Research has been done; green agricultural technologies that enhance production, food quality and security do exist. Now is the time for communities and individuals to stand together, and demand worthwhile, sustainable solutions before the time comes when the food crisis is irreversible.