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SEPTEMBER20115inareasnearertotheequatorheattolerancewater-useex1ffciencyandothercharacteristicswillbecomeevenmoreimportant.Variableandlesspredictableweatherpatternsarealsomajorchallengesx1forx1farmers.Inthecomingdecadestemperatureandprecipitationpatternscouldchangeinwaysthatwillrequireongoingadaptationinvarietiesandgrowingmethodstoensureourx1foodsupply.Distribx1ctionTotalglobalx1foodproductionmeasuredincaloricoutputissux1ffcientx1forourcurrentpopulationhoweveralmostonebillionpeople14percentox1fEarthx19sinhabitantsarecurrentlyundernourished.Therearemanyreasonsx1forthisincludingpoliticscorruptioncropwastex1foodtransportdix1ffcultiesandseverepovertyissues.Theseedindustrycanhelpimprovethissituationwiththedevelopmentox1fvarietiesandagronomictechniquesthatwillleadtoincreasedx1foodproductioninlocalenvironmentsusinglocallyappropriatetechnologies.Whatx19stheSolx1ctionThesolutionstoeachox1ftheaboveindividualissuesandalsothecombinedproblemwhichtheycreatex14theneedtoproducemorex1foodonlesslandunderchangingenvironmentalconditionswhileensuringx1foodisavailabletotheentireglobalpopulationx14arebasedonscientifcknowledge.Wemustcontinuetodiscoverandusenewtechnologiesandfndwaystobetterimplementexistingones.Newtechnologiesholdthepromisetodramaticallyincreaseyieldsforfarmersaroundtheworld.MuCHhasbeensaidinagriculturalandpolicycirclesabouttheneedtox1feedtheworld.Inx1facttherealopportunitywehaveintheseedindustryistoprovidethetoolsx1forglobalx1foodproduction.Alongwithseedthesetoolsincludeagronomictechnologytogrowharveststoreprocessanddistributecrops.Wecantakesomebigstepstowardsatrulysustainableglobalx1foodsupplybyusingscienceandalsoreleasex1farmersindevelopingnationsx1fromtheconfnesox1fsubsistencex1farming.Thebiggestchallengeswex1facearerespectivelyRisingglobalpopulationLimitedlandareaonwhichtogrowfoodClimatechangewhichaffectsagriculturaloutputandUnequaldistributionofwealthandaccesstofoodaroundtheworld.GlobalPopx1clationCurrentlyweshareplanetEarthwithjustundersevenbillionpeople.TheUnitedNationsexpectsthisguretogrowbyatleastanothertwobillionbytheyear2050anincreaseox1faround30percent.Itisgenerallyacceptedthatasthepopulationincreasesandpeopleinemergingregionschangetheirdietsandrequireincreasedx1foodsourcesagriculturaloutputwillneedtodoubletomeetthisdemand.Cropyieldsarestillincreasingasaresultofnewvarietydevelopmentbutthegrowthratehasslowedwithtodayx19stechnologies.Newtechnologiesholdthepromisetodramaticallyincreasethisgrowthrateagainasax1cnextstepx1dinouragriculturaldevelopment.LandAreaOx1ftheworldx19stotallandarea40percentisnowdevotedtox1foodproductionwithone-thirdusedx1forx1foodcropsandtherestx1foranimalhusbandry.Inthedevelopedworldlandisbeingtakenoutofagriculturalproduction.IntheUnitedStatessincethe1970surbanizationox1flandhasdoubledleavinglesslandavailablex1forx1farming.Agriculturallandneedsintensifcationtomaintainhighproductionratesandwithtechnologicaladvancesproductivityisrising.Incontrastlandisbeingconvertedx1foragriculturaluseinmanypartsox1fthedevelopingworld.Muchox1fthisnewx1farmlandismarginalwithaverageproductivitytherex1foredeclining.Thereislessproductivelandavailabletosupporttomorrowx19sworldpopulation.ClimateChangeRegardlessofthecausesofclimatechangelong-termclimatecyclesareimpactinggrowingconditionsaroundtheworld.Anawarenessox1fgeneticsandplantcharacteristicsisneededinordertomakewisedecisionsongrowingx1foodineachregion.Inareasx1furtherx1fromtheequatornewcropscanbegrownthatwerenotwelladaptedbex1forewhile