How Will We Feed the World?

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Farmers have a big job ahead of them if they are going to feed 9 billion people by 2050. That’s the maximum world population currently predicted by the United Nations. It’s not just a race to produce more calories either. The developing world is demanding more protein and consumers in the developed world are demanding their food be more nutritional and natural. So, farmers have a big job ahead of them. The good news is that farmers are the world’s first innovators.

We invite you to take a video tour of our Alltech Pavilion at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Elizabeth Bagby, our Corporate Marketing Manager, walks you through some of the exciting developments that are making farming more productive and food more nutritious.  

First stop on the tour is a look at algae, microorganisms that make up the base of the marine food chain. Algae is the source of the essential omega-3 fatty acid, DHA and the reason why fish is so good for you. But what if we could feed algae to our livestock and give meat, milk and eggs the same health benefits as fish? What if our kids could get the right amount of DHA without nagging them to eat their fish or giving them supplements.

Next we look at the role of soil microbes in crop production. We have come a long way in the last one hundred years but we still haven’t identified 98% of the microorganisms in soil. Imagine how many important discoveries are waiting right under our feet.

We also take a look at natural technologies for improving animal health and performance. This has been Alltech’s core business for the last 34 years. How can natural microbial technologies be used to improve immunity and help animals fight disease and other challenges like mycotoxins.

The last stop is a look at the vertical farm concept. As more and more land is developed will farms start to grow up rather than outward? This might be one way to safeguard wilderness areas. The technical challenges are incredible and the energy requirements will be substantial but it’s well worth exploring. Take a look at the model and discover some of the synergies that could come from such a system.