Transforming how we think about food

By Mike Fedoroff | June 4, 2021

What is contributing to food accessibility issues?

Population growth is placing stress on arable farmland. Agriculture is considered the largest human use of land, covering approximately 38 percent of earth’s land surface, not including Greenland and Antarctica.1 As our populations grow and there is a greater migration to urban locations, we are putting pressure on the available farmland—cultivated land that can sustain growing crops. It is projected that urbanization will cause the loss of between 1.6 million and 3.3 million hectares of prime agricultural land annually in the period between 2000 and 2030.2 Unfortunately, creating more cultivated land mass often results in deforestation, which has an impact on our climate, so a more balanced and sustainable solution is required. We need to be more productive in using existing and new sources of agricultural land. Providing more cost-effective and sustainable production of fertilizers will be vital to the future well-being of the earth’s population and food security.

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