HUNGER IS RIGHT HERE.
Hunger hits closer to home than many realize.
- 1 in 6 Americans is hungry.
- 1 in 4 American children live in a food insecure household.
- We live in the most abundant food-producing country in the world, yet 52,000,000 Americans are hungry.
THE WORLD IS WAITING ON FOOD.
While everyone knows hunger is a global issue, we tend to forget how big the crisis really is.
- 1 in 7 people worldwide is battling hunger.
- Hunger is the world’s number-one health risk, killing more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
- 9 billion people will live on Earth by 2050. That’s approximately 2 billion more people than today.
No one can fix hunger overnight, but we can get started today. How? We can begin by talking about it. Initiate a conversation on Facebook and Twitter, and keep the issue relevant. The world’s food crisis is not going to disappear. However, by talking about it, we will keep it a priority.
FOOD COMES FROM FARMS.
Modern agriculture is the way in which the world eats. And because of abundant natural resources, significant investment in private and public agricultural research, and the most advanced agricultural technology in the world, U.S. agriculture is the most important player.
U.S. farmers are already the leading producers of 50 foods distributed worldwide. One U.S. farmer produces enough food to feed 155 people. However, as the population is increasing, so is the demand for food. This demand is challenging U.S. farmers to produce even more food with the same or fewer acres.
From 1960 to today:
- Milk production per cow has increased from 824 gallons per year to 2,509 gallons.
- Corn production has risen from 54 bushels per acre to 147 bushels per acre.
- Pork production has grown from 11.6 billion lbs. to 23 billion lbs.
American farmers are as dedicated to improving sustainability as they are to improving the productivity and efficiency of their farming operations.