At Monsanto, we get a lot of questions about food and agriculture. We often hear and read that “GMOs are not made to solve world hunger, that’s a myth, world hunger continues to be a big problem”.
When we talk about “feeding the world” we’re referring to tackling global food security challenges. As our Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robb Fraley has noted, “The world’s population, which has been climbing rapidly for more than a century, is expected to increase by about 2 billion more by 2050, to between 9 and 10 billion — an increase of about 30 percent. But because global prosperity also will increase over the next few decades, many people will have the opportunity to improve their diets, and global food demand actually will increase much more quickly…” This increase in both population and prosperity increases the demand for food grown from the seeds that we and other companies like us sell.
You can read more about these challenges and others, like how to meet these demands for more food in the face of climate change, in a blog Robb authored on the Huffington Post.
Feeding the world is a big task, and we want to help. But, we know we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re working with partners all over the world to come up with solutions that help make a balanced plate more accessible to everyone. One of the initiatives we’re involved in to help make this happen is the WEMA (Water Efficient Maize for Africa) project. WEMA is an effort to help countries in sub-Saharan Africa address challenges they can’t avoid, such as droughts. Partnering with other global organizations committed to our same ambitious goal, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and many others, is just one way that we can make a difference. You can learn more about our commitment to feeding the world’s growing population at Discover Monsanto.