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Lauver: Who is going to feed your world? (Iowa State Daily)
Andrew Lauver is a student in the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the fourth generation to grow up on his family’s farm in Iowa. This article was originally published on September 17, 2012, by the Iowa State Daily.
As the next generation of Americans, our generation must be prepared for the challenge of feeding a growing world population. Currently, we have more than 7 billion people on the planet who are consuming the food farmers produce on a daily basis. By 2050, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts this number may grow to 9 billion, and all Americans will be competing for a meal at the world’s table. The average age of the American farmer is 57, according to the USDA. Currently, only 2 percent of the American population lives on a farm.
So who will feed your family?
It’s going to take more than an eight-hour day of feeding, planting and harvesting to put food on your family’s table, so please listen up when an agriculturalist would like to explain where your food comes from. Farmers have worked hard to get that steak on your table or those corn flakes in your bowl. We also have a strong interest in the health and well-being of your family. As agriculturalists, we wake up every day providing feed for our animals before we have breakfast and bedding for our animals before we rest our heads.
Read the rest at the Iowa State Daily, http://www.iowastatedaily.com/opinion/article_b25619f0-0022-11e2-85b5-001a4bcf887a.html.