The challenge of feeding more than 9 billion people in less than 50 years will fall squarely on the shoulders of U.S. farmers and ranchers. And meeting that challenge will require advancements through agricultural research says, Doug Steele, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
Steels, addressing the crowd gathered for the recent Stiles Farm foundation field day luncheon in Taylor, Texas, recalled a recent trip to Germany that provided ample evidence that feeding the world would not be a European Union priority; nor would it be a main concern for European farmers.
A top German farmer told him he wasn’t interested in feeding the world — “He said, ‘We’re just interested in feeding ourselves.’”
The United States will be the international leader in providing food, Steele says, recalling that the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug believed that unrest across the globe was created in large part because basic needs were not being met. Agricultural research, Steele says, will help meet those needs. “And a strong rural Texas depends on a strong agriculture.”