Global food chain at tipping point says GrainCorp

December 29, 2011 • Farming Practices, Daily Email Recap

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Food Security a Looming Crisis

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 – 14:50

With the global population pushing past 7 billion people recently, the global food chain is approaching a tipping point, according to Alison Watkins, CEO of GrainCorp Limited.

Speaking at the Creative Innovation conference in Melbourne, Watkins said increasing affluence amongst the growing global population means the world is consuming more protein in the form of meat – for which corn is a major food source.

Corn is also now being widely used in the creation of ethanol as nations try to limit their dependence on foreign oil.

Watkins the use of corn in the creation of ethanol, as well as a major source of feed for animals, has led to food security becoming a major concern.

Watkins said with the global population growing by one percent per annum (that’s the equivalent of adding a Germany – or an Ethiopia – every year) “the global food chain is approaching a tipping point”.

She said the rate of improvements in crop yields has reduced dramatically over recent years, and we are going to see a halving of the arable land per head of population over the next 30 years.

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