I have been pretty lucky in my life to get to travel. Out of the country and also inside the country.
Now that I am older and I am a farmer’s wife and I am a mom, I find myself appreciating our home and our land and the sense of security I have every time I lay my head down at night.
As farmers sometimes it’s hard to think outside of our little (or big) acreage, but it’s so so so important that we do. Especially now that society is showing more and more interest in just where their food is coming from.
Statistics show that consumers are now three generations removed from the farm. It may be hard to believe, but I know people that have never actually seen a cow up close. Let alone walk through a field of corn. But, in my opinion, it’s more important now, than ever before that we think outside of our own little place we call home.
Over 1 billion people are starving in the world today. And while I know the life long saying of don’t just provide them with food, but teach them to grow, I also think as farmers we need to be thinking not just locally, but globally.
By the year 2030, the population and income middle class is supposed to grow by 3 billion people.
Global food challenges isn’t just something of the future, it’s something of the present and should be on the forefront of our minds.
Consumption of food is increasing at 23% and the amount of crop produced per acre is only increasing at 9%. Do you see the problem? Lots of people eating, but not nearly as many people growing.
Just a little food for thought this Friday.