Having lived in rural America all of my nearly twenty-two years in life I take pleasure in sitting down to dinner and knowing exactly where the food I am about to partake in came from and am hopeful that we continue to produce enough to feed ourselves. The steak was from an Angus steer fed out on our farm, the potatoes and corn a family friend grew in his garden, and the apples in dessert are from a local orchard. Granted, not everything I put in my mouth comes from a source that I have direct contact with, but I least have knowledge of the food industry. However, your average American is clueless about where their food comes from. They travel to their local supermarket and furnish themselves with the plastic wrapped meat in the freezer
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Crop technology such as precision farming, using a GPS for planting and the like, has become huge in helping cut waste for those tech-savvy young farmer. Genetically Modified Organisms, mostly in terms of crops, have been a rising player in the agriculture market, and the biggest controversial topic in whether the increase in production is beneficial in terms of other possible consequences. In 1935 there were 6.8 million farms, today, that has dropped to 2.2 million (USDA, 2007, p. 1). That being said, because of the aforementioned changes and trends, those farms are more efficient to make up for the drop in number, in fact farmers are producing 262 percent more food with two percent fewer inputs, which are things like labor, seeds, fertilizer, etc., than in 1950 (AFBF).
Our future problem lies in the ever increasing global population which is expected to reach 9.5 billion people by the year 2050 (FAO, 2009, p. 1). This slow three percent growth is comforting compared to the last four decades in which the population expanded by nearly ninety percent to our current population of about 6.8 billion (FAO, 2009, p. ) which is now 7.1 billion just a few years later (World Hunger, 2013). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations claims that 870 million people in the world are undernourished in 2013 and almost all of those live in developing countries (World Hunger, 2013). The 1996 World Food Summit set a goal to have the