“Right now, we don’t have the political system in place to deal with long-term issues related to food security, human nutrition and food distribution. In the U.S. and in most developed countries food isn’t an issue — we can go to a grocery story day or night and buy what we need.”

Investing in plant health is absolutely essential to give farmers a chance to produce enough food, and we simply haven’t made the investment necessary, not even in the U.S., according to Stack.

“In fact, without healthy food systems, we can’t meet the millennium goals of sustainable food, improved public health or decreasing poverty. Plant systems drive virtually all the food systems in the world,” Stack says.

Insuring food security begins at the farm level, but without support from throughout the agri-industry, on-farm efforts aren’t likely to succeed.

The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has taken up the fight on behalf of U.S. grain farmers.

The NGFA has been out-front and vocal in lobbying the U.S. Congress to pass Federal laws that help, not hinder, farmers and grain handlers to insure a safe supply of grain. Currently, about 40 percent of all the calories consumed worldwide comes from grain, with another 20 percent coming from rice and potatoes.

 “We are proud of the significant measures already being taken by grain elevators, feed and feed ingredient manufacturers, and many others throughout the food and feed system to provide safe and wholesome products for domestic and world consumers,” said NGFA President Kendell W. Keith. 

A unified effort by the global agricultural community is critical for farmers to have a chance to feed the world in the future.

rroberson@farmpress.com