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Modern agriculture a remedy for groaning world population

Increased productivity will be critical to helping solve the problems of food accessibility and hunger.

Just around the corner are events that provide ideal opportunities to highlight how ever-increasing access to food is helping alleviate hunger worldwide: including the World Food Prize, Oct. 13; World Food Day, Oct. 16; and the latest Food Day, Oct. 24. The Alliance to Feed the Future would like to highlight the benefits of modern food production to meet the needs of a growing population.

Just around the corner are events that provide ideal opportunities to highlight how ever-increasing access to food is helping alleviate hunger worldwide: including the World Food Prize, Oct. 13; World Food Day, Oct. 16; and the latest Food Day, Oct. 24.

At a special seminar on Capitol Hill this past Friday, Dr. Lowell Catlett, Regent's Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University, spoke about the critical role modern food production plays in filling that role. “Increased food production to meet the needs of the growing global population will occur primarily through leveraging innovations in technology and efficiencies of large-scale production platforms,” said Catlett. “This increased productivity will be critical to helping solve the problems of food accessibility and hunger.”

The Alliance to Feed the Future is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of modern agriculture and large-scale food production for the purpose of expanding access to food and alleviating hunger. Modern food production employs the most sustainable practices and leverages the latest technology to produce more food using less land, fewer natural resources, and assures a safe, healthful choice of foods year round. For farmers, manufacturers and other producers, every day is spent working to provide safe and healthful food to consumers. Every day is Food Day!

“Americans can celebrate Food Day every day by learning more about how their foods are produced,” said David Schmidt, President and CEO at the International Food Information Council, which coordinates the Alliance.

A 5-part video series: Expert Perspectives on Food Production with Dr. Lowell Catlett is available on http://www.foodinsight.org. Short educational video topics include:

Additional resources on modern food production also are available at AlliancetoFeedtheFuture.org.

For questions about celebrating Food Day every day or the Alliance to Feed the Future please contact media@alliancetofeedthefuture.org or 202-296-6540.

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