Agricultural Productivity and the Environment: Filling the Knowledge Gap (via Farm Foundation)

Posted by on March 9th, 2015 | 0 Comments »

The following post is an excerpt from GHI Executive Director Margaret Zeigler’s blog, “Agricultural Productivity and the Environment: Filling the Knowledge Gap,” in advance of the Farm Foundation® Forum, “The Nexus of Technology, Agricultural Productivity and the Environment.”

Agriculture and the environment of our planet are closely linked. Farmers, ranchers, fishermen and those working daily to produce food and agriculture products understand the critical interface between their work and the natural resource base. But the very nature of agricultural production is changing at a rapid pace.

As farmers across the world adopt new systems of crop production, what are the impacts on water and soil quality? How can production systems of crops, livestock and aquaculture be more productive and “climate smart”? How can farmers of all scales be more productive while conserving water and soil? How can we sustainably feed a rising global middle class without destroying our natural resource base?

As agriculture moves through rapid technological changes across the globe, the environment is impacted in both positive and negative ways. Technological changes can contribute to greater productivity, helping us meet the increasing global demand for food and agriculture products while using fewer resources and inputs.

Read more at AgChallenge2050.org

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