By 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow to nearly nine billion, that’s equivalent of 2 more Chinas, while the ratio of arable land to population continues to decrease. Some of the agricultural lands also were being occupied by massive proliferation of real estate developments.
Modern agriculture is the most promising answer to the question of how to sustainably feed growing world
by using modern agricultural approach on how to maximize even just a narrow space for food production.
The United Nations food and Agriculture Organization predicts that global food production must double by 2050, and 70% of the world’s additional food needs can be produced only with new and adapting agricultural technologies.
Intensive scientific research and robust investment in modern agriculture during the past 50 years, has helped farmers double food production while essentially freezing the footprint of total cultivated farmland. Which is the main objective of the project.
Elements for responsible food production:
- New technologies to help farmers use precise applications and fewer inputs
- Increase in productivity and higher yields
- Creates an affordable supply for nutritious foods and produce for communities throughout the world
Modern agriculture techniques and tools rely on the most innovative science to maintain a careful balance of farm inputs that optimize crop production while lessening potential impacts on the environment.
The following techniques focus on precision and sustainability without sacrificing crop yields:
- Conservation tillage
- Integrated pest management
- Crop rotation
More that 90% of farmers today regularly use these practices to protect human, animal and environmental health.
The term “modern agriculture” depicts their commitment to innovation, stewardship and meeting the global food challenge all at once, and there’s nothing conventional about that.
On the other hand, crop protection products as a means of practicing modern agriculture increase crop productivity by 20-50%. Making it possible for consumers to choose from an abundant supply of fresh, high-quality food that are affordable and accessible year-round.
Crop protection products comprise a wide range of goods for both professional and home applications. It includes the following:
- Growth regulators
- Soil fumigants that helps control insects, diseases, weeds, fungi and others
Crop protection also protects biodiversity by controlling noxious, invasive weeds that may choke waterways of overrun natural habitats.
Organic farmers use pesticides too. They apply non-synthetic crop protection, such as sulfur and copper, to protect crops from pests and increase yields.
Currently in the U.S., Two million acres of farmland are devoted to growing rice. Without crop protection products, it would take twice as many acres to provide the same supply.
The unique nature of U.S. agriculture and the role that it has played and can play in addressing climate change are many. Specifically, through the use of agricultural herbicides, crop yields can increase by up to 20% but also enable growers to manage weeds without excessive tillage.
Conservation tillage is a solution to greenhouse gas emission in at least 3 ways:
- Less fossil fuels burned for tillage
- Carbon sequestration increased in lower tilled soils
- Greater productivity per acre of land in production
Therefore, investment in agricultural yields through modern agriculture approach is a prominent step among efforts to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions.