World Food Day – Join Bayer CropScience in the Fight Against Global Hunger
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
World Food Day, observed Oct. 16, seeks to address hunger issues by highlighting the need to cultivate solutions to end worldwide hunger and provide everyone with a healthy, plentiful food supply. Established by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Day was first observed in 1981. Each year, organizations around the world promote advocacy efforts in the hopes of engaging more people in the fight against hunger. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.”
Why does Bayer CropScience support World Food Day? The global population is expected to hit 9.6 billion by 2050. Of the current 7 billion people on the planet, According to data provided by World Food Day, 842 million struggle with food insecurity, and 2 billion people lack micronutrients vital for good health. In order to eliminate hunger and feed a rapidly expanding population, the agricultural and science communities need to work together to cultivate solutions that will provide the world with safe, nutritious, plentiful food sources for years to come.
In an interview with WPTF, a radio station in Raleigh, N.C., Adrian Percy, head of global regulatory affairs for Bayer CropScience, spoke about the need for advancing efforts to reduce hunger by finding new, innovative ways to feed a hungry planet.
“We are going to have to radically increase crop productivity and agricultural productivity, and we have to do that in an environment where there’s just no more agricultural land to develop. We are going to have to produce more with what we have today,” said Percy.
Percy noted that this is especially important, as many people around the world face food insecurity issues, and are struggling to afford healthy food to feed their families. These struggles are made inherently worse by crop shortages due to drought, pests, and a host of other issues, including food loss and waste. Companies like Bayer CropScience are working diligently to help solve these issues through the research and development and bringing innovative agriculture solutions to farmers worldwide.
Americans wasted 33.79 million tons of food in 2010, and the average citizen wastes between 209 and 254 pounds of edible food per year. Meanwhile, 17.2 million households in the United States were food insecure. The 1.3 billion tons of food wasted each year worldwide is enough to feed everyone affected by food insecurity. In order to resolve this uneven allocation of food resources, people can take action in a variety of ways. This includes:
- Shopping wisely by planning meals, making grocery lists and avoiding impulse buying (Read more)
- Understanding “use-by” and “sell-by” dates to avoid throwing away good food (Read more)
- Donating nutritious, safe, untouched food to food banks to help those in need (Read more)
- Composting food scraps to use in gardening (Read more)
- Freezing vegetables to make them last longer, and more (Read more)
In addition to personal action, companies can make a difference on World Food Day and beyond. Bayer CropScience also supports a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiatives, including Bayer’s award-winning Making Science Make Sense® program, the National FFA Organization and more, to increase student interest and engagement of students in bioscience and agriculture. Education is a large part of World Food Day, which stresses that these students are the people who will drive the innovation necessary to develop plentiful food sources in the future that can help end hunger for billions of people.
In order to raise awareness of the importance of finding solutions to end world hunger, Bayer CropScience proudly supports World Food Day. Hunger is a problem that must be addressed now in order to find solutions for a growing global population in the future.
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To find out how Bayer CropScience is fighting hunger and being a game-changer in the communities we serve, visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/.
To learn more about World Food Day and how you can make a difference in the fight against global hunger, visit http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/. How can you better use available food resources and help in the fight against worldwide hunger? Comment here or tweet us at @Bayer4CropsUS.