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Agriculture faces challenges - they can be solved

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We should not take for granted that we will forever have abundance and food security in this world. We shouldn’t even take that for granted today because we don’t have it today. And agriculture faces an historically unprecedented series of challenges. I mean if you go all the way back to the Neolithic time 12,000 years ago when people began to make a transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture, at no point in agriculture’s history has agriculture itself faced so many huge challenges. How are we going to deal with those challenges, including climate change?
One of the ways that we’re going to deal with it is by conserving this crop diversity and using it, because this crop diversity is, it’s a green technology. It’s safe, it’s renewable, it’s sustainable. And we’re going to need to conserve this crop diversity if we’re going to enable agriculture to adapt to the future. So that’s a simple message. And I guess there’s another, there’s a second message actually and that is that this is perhaps the only truly massive global problem in the world that I can look you right in the eyes and say: We can solve it.

Added on 25 Mar 2017
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