Although American farmers are producing more food than ever before, they face a daunting challenge. With over 200,000 additional people coming into the world every day, we’ll need to feed an additional 2 billion in the next two decades. This means:
- Farmers need to produce more food in the next 40 years than in the previous 10,000 years combined.
- According to the United Nations, 1 billion people across the globe suffer from chronic hunger today. This number is expected to dramatically increase as the world’s population grows to a projected 9 billion by 2050, requiring a 70 percent increase in the amount of food the world’s farmers produce annually.
- China and India each have over 1 billion people — and a growing middle class hungry for high-quality food.
- China and India together will account for nearly 75 percent of the global growth of middle class households over the next 10 years (according to Global Insight).
Current World Population