The world population is growing at an incredible rate, which means that people and industries alike must explore innovative ideas in order to plan for the future. According to Alltech only with improved technology the world population can be fed in 2050.
Agriculture will play a tremendous role in shaping the future as producers grapple with the challenges of feeding the booming global population — projected to reach 9 billion people by 2050 — while dealing with diminishing resources and environmental concerns.
To feed that population, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that global food production must double by 2050 to avoid mass hunger. According to Alltech, this can only be achieved through improved technology.
During Alltech’s 28th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium May 20-23, 2012, in Lexington, Ky., presenters will cover many topics related to feeding the world now and in the future.
The event is expected to draw more than 2,000 participants from around the world. Participants will explore innovative solutions to growing industry and global challenges as they attend sessions and network with other professionals from across borders and industry segments.
Future for our children
Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, described some of the issues that must be addressed by the agriculture industry.
“As we look to our future, we have some major questions that we need to come together and answer through innovative solutions,” Lyons said.
“For example, what does the future hold for our children’s world? What role will you play in it? Where will you be? As we look to our children’s future, we must revolutionize how we think about the business of food production.”
Through more than 100 presentations by industry experts, including speakers from major industry leaders such as Domino’s Pizza, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, Nestle, Murphy-Brown, Future Farmers of America, PetSmart and the Harvard School of Business, Alltech’s Symposium will examine innovative strategies and focus on ideas for better use of resources, improved business practices and natural nutritional solutions.
General and breakout sessions
In addition to general sessions, the Symposium will provide opportunities for professionals to attend breakout sessions in areas such as aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, poultry, pig production, pet food and regulatory along with new focus areas offered for this year on food quality, traceability, crop science, legal, marketing, information technology and designer food.
The Symposium will explore possible answers to questions facing the agricultural industry today such as:
- How can we feed a world with 9 billion people?
- Why does China succeed while the economies of Europe and America struggle?
- What are the implications of a $100 billion Facebook?
- How can agriculture benefit from the first global youth network?
- Is aquaculture the future of protein?
- Why does Alltech predict that epigenetics and programmed nutrition are the future of meat production?
- Why is salesmanship fundamental to building a business?
- What does the next generation of lawyers, marketers and economists need to know about a growing new economy and a primary requirement of life – food?
“When we come together through education and discussion, we create synergy that allows us to develop revolutionary new ideas for sustainability in food production and to share market-oriented business strategies, agribusiness training and scientific research.
“This will lead us to technological solutions to the issues our industry faces,” said Dr. Lyons. “As an industry and as good citizens, we must address these issues now for the future generations who will inherit our world.”
Farming Film Festival
With the launch of the 2nd Farming Film Festival, Alltech gives creative people in agriculture a chance to win $2,000. The winning videos will be shown at the Symposium.
“With the overwhelming success of the first Farming Film Festival, we knew we had to do it again. Social media outlets have been telling stories to the world. We want to use these new media forms to tell stories to the world. We want to use those outlets to tell the story of agriculture,” said Dr. Lyons.
Participants in the Farming Film Festival may enter by uploading their video to www.farmingfilmfestival.com
. Winners will be chosen by a panel of science and agriculture journalists based on creativity, quality of video, story interest and number of views. The deadline for submission is May 1. For the official rules and how to participate, visit www.farmingfilmfestival.com
Alltech’s prestigious Medal of Excellence and Young Scientist Awards
will also be presented during the Symposium.