To feed the world, we need science and we need technology. In Britain the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) promotes tech innovation.
Here’s what TSB says about sustainable agriculture and food. TSB’s new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform ‘seeks to increase the productivity of crops and animals and… [to] decrease the environmental impact of the industry. It will focus on four interlinked areas:
• Crop productivity including protection and nutrition
• Sustainable livestock production
• Waste reduction and management
• GHG [greenhouse gas] reduction technologies and methodologies’
At the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform, Calum Murray is the lead technologist. He writes in Global Food Security about how we need technology as well as pure science. He says, ‘Clearly we cannot cut off the ongoing work that delivers knowledge and understanding, but perhaps the time has come to redress the balance and reward those (with recognition and support) that accelerate the potential to exploit the knowledge we already have. In so doing, the opportunity exists to attract new entrants into all disciplines of agricultural and horticultural science and engineering.’
I agree, of course. We need food and we need clever people to make it grow.