Crop Life America Thanks Farmers on World Food DayFri, 16 Oct 2015 11:22:44 CDT
CropLife America has joined with agricultural organizations in the U.S. and around the world in celebrating World Food Day. Each year on October 16 on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations' Food and Ag Organization in 1945, organizations across the globe gather to honor growers and discuss ways to increase food security and end global hunger. The crop protection industry joins in applauding farmers today and continues to work to develop better technology to protect crops from pests and disease and prevent post-harvest losses.
"On the occasion of World Food Day, CropLife America thanks the world's farmers," stated Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "I encourage everyone to personally thank one farmer today for the hard work and smart decisions he or she makes every day to provide food for all of us."
With the global population expected to reach 9 billion in next thirty or so years, millions of people continue to experience hunger. Vroom noted the amount of work that the crop protection industry must accomplish in order to help eliminate global hunger. "We can do better and will likely do so, in supporting farmers with better technology and public policy, so that the number of hungry people can and does go down. As always, we welcome debate and discussion about food technology and encourage public officials to keep hard science and facts in mind."
CropLife affiliates from around the world joined CLA staff in Des Moines, Iowa, this week to celebrate World Food Prize events. Throughout the week, participants gathered to celebrate progress in food production and environmental sustainability and to discuss the challenges of moving ahead. At the events in Iowa today, Vroom noted, "Choice for consumers is very important and so is choice for farmers. Our industry members and allies support all farming systems: global and local, organic and conventional, small and large scale. An all-of-the-above approach is our only way forward."
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