One Hungry Planet

The math leads to an inescapable conclusion: By the year 2050, three times as many people will depend on the same amount of U.S. farmland for food.

The question is, “How will we feed the future?”

American agriculture has been responding to this challenge for decades. By continually embracing innovative practices and technology, U.S. growers have delivered amazing results.

While the challenge of feeding the future may seem more daunting than ever, there is much cause for optimism. As you will see, the constant progress of American agriculture, combined with the spirit and commitment of growers and those of us who support them, makes for a very compelling story.

From time to time, we will explore other aspects of these issues and post the content here. We hope you find these resources informative, thought-provoking and inspiring.

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Learn more about Living Acres and how BASF is working to help the monarch butterfly.
Hear from members of the Living Acres leadership team at BASF about the foundations of the biodiversity program to help the iconic monarch butterfly.
Why is the monarch butterfly important? Biodiversity in an ecosystem is crucial to maintaining the health and viability of crop production land. BASF is at the forefront of looking at how to increase plant diversity and biodiversity on farms.
Learn more about how to plant milkweed to create a viable habitat for the monarch butterfly.
Farmers can help increase the monarch butterfly populations. Already great stewards of the land, they are uniquely positioned to use the non-cropland areas of their farms for monarch butterfly habitat.

2014 Ag Media Summit Executive Presentations part

2014 Ag Media Summit Executive Presentations part 2
2014 Ag Media Summit Panel Discussion part 1
2014 Ag Media Summit Panel Discussion part 2

While global consumption is on the rise, farmers are being tasked with producing more with less land, energy, and water while conserving our planet. BASF understands this challenge and applauds this amazing work farmers perform each and every day.   

Discussion that connects the consumer with “what is necessary to feed the world.” Brian talks to Mike about the importance of soil health in a farm’s sustainability. “True sustainability is soil health for the long run,” he says.

Discussion about how this third generation grower is using the latest technology to help ensure his 11-year-old son can continue the family’s proud farming tradition. Steve tells Gerry, “I’m envious of that generation. I look at my son and the world’s his oyster.”

Discusses the costs per acre to run a sustainable farm and how yields can be maximized. Detlev tells Humphrey, “Research is going to be one of the biggest things we have in the future. We have to make sure that technology matches our operation…We try to use the most modern technology out there to make our operation profitable.”

Discussion about the controls that are in place to protect consumers and produce a quality product for them. Dan tells Ron, “If there is any question on quality it doesn’t enter the food chain at all. Food safety is a number one priority.”

Discussion about the protection plans that are in place to mitigate risk on the Gessell family farm including the choice of crops, insurance coverage and crop protection products. Kurt tells Marie, “We test different products on our farm to see what’s going to give us a good return.”


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