Minnesota Farmer

Food demand vs. grain production

Food demand around the world is growing by 1.1 percent per year according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Fortunately, a Canadian study reveals that global grain production has increased by 1.5 percent per year over the past 20 years. With increasing resources now being directed to agricultural development in some of the world’s hungriest countries, especially in Africa, there is optimism that we will continue to grow the crops and increase production where the need is greatest.

Now producing and eating only grains is not going to get you a balanced diet, but it is a first step.  It does tell you that there is indeed hope that we can continue to feed the worlds people.  The increase of production over demand does tell you why we are using grains for ethanol production.  We still have more of some grains than we need.

So despite all of the fear of the year folks out there, the worlds farmers are still doing their job of feeding the worlds population.  Every year we produce more with less.  The efficiency of farm folks should be an inspiration to all.



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