Feeding an anticipated population of nine billion by 2050 would be a monumental feat. However, it is possible for the agricultural community to reach higher production yields should more sustainable business models be put in place. Implementing new practices such as genetic modification, land use optimisation, efficient crop practices, and the collection of agricultural residues could maximise returns for the agricultural industry.
CLOSING THE FOOD VS. FUEL DIVIDE
Given this need to dramatically increase levels of food production, the food vs. fuel debate is rife. With the European Commission reducing its food based biofuels from 10% to just 5% of its renewable energy target, it is clear that ramifications of this debate are being felt. However, we cannot forget that fuel is necessary in driving economies and feeding nations. The development of energy crops through sustainable processes closes the gap between the food vs. fuel divide.
POLICY LEAVING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE HIGH AND DRY
However, policy inaction is affecting the longevity of sustainable agricultural programmes. The expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill in the United States has left many ill equipped to support the sustainable agricultural movement. In order to drive sustainable agriculture forward, governments, financiers, farmers and end users must find a common platform to communicate plans to implement more efficient systems for agriculture.
Embedded within three conference days at the 8th World Biofuels Marketsevent, the inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Conference covers the most poignant topics facing agricultural markets today. Join us to witness 50 top tier speakers share their expertise on the market and confront the major challenges in the agricultural industry.
World Biofuels Markets, organised by Green Power Conferences, will be held on March 12-14 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The dedicated Waste and Residue Feedstocks day will take place on March 14.