Agriculture will play a tremendous role in shaping that 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Additional details about speakers and sessions will be announced in the coming months.