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In Order To Meet Population Demands For Food, Farmers Must Find Ways To Double Productivity

“How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century,” Jason Clay, senior vice president of market transformation for the World Wildlife Fund, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog as part of a series marking the occasion of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. “Farmers will need to produce twice as much food as they do now to meet population demands,” he states and asks, “Where will this food come from?” He continues, “We need to freeze the footprint of food — find ways to double the productivity of farming, so that we can produce twice as much food and fiber on the same amount of land.” Clay continues, “At WWF, we have identified eight steps, when taken together, could produce enough food for all and still maintain a living planet,” and he notes the steps include eliminating waste in the food chain, harnessing technology to advance plant breeding, sharing better practices more quickly, using less to produce more, rehabilitating degraded land, establishing greater property rights, balancing the disparity between under and over consumption, and restoring soil carbon. He expands on each point (5/16).