Diverse Thoughts Leading to One Goal

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sustainability - what other topic can bring together so many diverse perspectives who are working toward a common cause?  This question was raised during the recent “Sustainability in Agriculture: A Bayer Executive Course,” which brought together a number of representatives from agriculture corporations, academia, growers, beekeepers, NGO’s, media and agriculture retailers/distributors. Among this group were greatly different viewpoints on the definition of sustainable agriculture and how we should work together to accomplish the great task of feeding a hungry planet.

However, over the three-day course and discussions, it was made clear that it will take many stakeholders collaborating to not only advance the output of our current food system, but also to tell the story of how sustainable U. S. farmers are currently.

All participants agreed that there is room to improve and more agriculture products will be needed using fewer resources to nourish a population of 9.3 billion people in the next 30 to 40 years. Courses such as this are great steps to engage different perspectives focused on the same goal to create actions that will bring future change.

To learn more from one of the course participants, Gwyn Riddick of the NC Biotechnology Center, check out this video:


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