I came across an interesting article and I felt the need to share, naturally!
It seems the Ag industry has a wonderful advocate for our technology advancements.
As agriculturalists we sometime worry that the activists are gaining ground. We tend to sit back and watch everything unfold until recent years where we have decided to stand up, take action, and tell the story of our farms for ourselves.
It seems Bill Gates is one of those who is advocating for agriculture. He encourages our use of technology to feed the hungry world.
“We have to think hard about how to start taking advantage of the digital revolution that is driving innovation including in farming,” Gates said. “If you care about the poorest, you care about agriculture. We believe that it’s possible for small farmers to double and in some cases even triple their yields in the next 20 years while preserving the land.”
Gates’ foundation has committed $2 billion for farmers over the years, and in Rome he announced $200 million in new grants to finance research on a new type of drought-resistant maize, a vaccine to help livestock farmers and a project for training farmers.
“You should go out and talk to people growing rice and (ask) do they mind that it was created in a laboratory when their child has enough to eat?” Gates said. “The change in the way mankind lives over the last several hundred years is based on adoption of innovative practices and we simply haven’t done enough for those in the greatest need to bring these things (into use).”
I believe the points he makes are completely valid points and is often my argument when it comes to feeding the world. When you ask the hungry if they mind where their food comes from- they don’t care. They care that they are getting enough to eat.
Just some food for thought!