Monday, October 31, 2011

Bayer CropScience Discusses Food Scarcity And Population Growth On World’s Seventh “Billion-Person” Milestone

Crop Science Company Explains Need To Double World’s Agricultural Output By 2050

RALEIGH, N.C. – Bayer CropScience, one of the world’s top innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits, has announced that it marked the world’s seventh “billion-person” milestone on Oct. 31 with an educational sustainability session. This session was led by Nick Hamon, head of sustainability for Bayer CropScience North America, who discussed the growing issues of food scarcity and population growth. At the event, Hamon explained where the highest population growth is expected and the impact that this growth will have on food and water supplies. He also shared what types of agricultural projects are currently being explored and what additional investment and research will be needed in order to meet the demand. Bayer CropScience is working on projects in areas such as plant health and stress tolerance to help increase agriculture productivity.

Bayer CropScience served various international dishes at the event to call attention to the importance of the challenge to feed seven billion people across the globe and the impact of an additional two or three billion people by the year 2050 on the food supply.

“As our population continues to grow, it is going to become increasingly important that we intensify our research and development in the areas of agricultural science,” said Hamon. “The impact of an additional two or three billion people on our food supply will be remarkable, and we must integrate sustainability thinking and behavior into our culture.”

Podcast featuring Nick Hamon discussing food scarcity and population growth:

- The United Nations estimates that baby No. 8 billion will be born around 2025, baby 9 billion will be born before 2050 and baby 10 billion will be born before 2100. Most of the world’s population growth will take place in high-fertility countries, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa. The population in intermediate-fertility countries, such as the United States, Mexico and India, will grow by approximately 26 percent, and low-fertility regions such as Europe will shrink by 20 percent. 

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:


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Jennifer Fair
MMI Public Relations
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Beth Roden
Bayer CropScience
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