How Do We Feed the World's Growing Population?

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We are a food and beverage company and we provide our consumers with the sorts of products that they enjoy. The end of the day what I've learned whether I was in the position, or as a food scientist or a scientist working within food and beverage industry doesn't matter. Nobody wants to consume a product they don't enjoy.

Feeding is one of the most basic needs of every living organism, whether you're human or not and the adequate availability of food is to me about its basic the right of being human is one can think of, I mean every other human right in essence extends from that because if we don't have enough food, we don't survive the rest of, our rights really to me don't matter so I can't can't make it any more fundamental to that.

Are we consuming calories that are equivalent to the number of calories our body needs? In other words it's expanding, so we think about it in a biological sense, energy in energy out. What is contributing to it? It's a mismatch, we're consuming more than our bodies are able to use, but if you think about it from another lens, a historical perspective, on a per-person basis we're actually consuming fewer calories in the year 2000, than we were in the year 1900.

What we are not doing however, is going out to the farm and cultivating, and carrying, and lifting, and walking, and all the things that needed us to consume the calories. From a business point of view We're constantly looking for efficiency and the most efficient way of being able to take great tasting products, nourishing products and have them availbale at prices that are affordable.

We're constantly trying to design, to make sure that that is part of the discussion. It took over a 100, 000 years for humans to go from the start to just the first billion, 100, 000 years, and then we went from 1 billion to 7 billion, we added 6 billion over 200 years, we're at 7 billion people now, and now we're adding a billion people in just about a decade!

So what took a 100, 000 years to do, we're going to be adding as humans in 10 years or so. How are we going to feed them? You think think is going to happen because we started growing more peaches, I think we're about to enter another phase, and that is have the knowledge of nutrition as the knowledge of the biology of out bodies has started to mature and as accelerated in the last 50 years.

This is now a great opportunity to bring that knowledge, marry it with the capabilities and knowledge of the food industry, and I think we'll see we're right on the cusp of seeing  this next evolution of this industry, and I'm confident the industry will step up to it.