Published On: Wed, Jan 18th, 2017

FFA CEO outlines challenges of ag productivity, sustainability

LINCOLN — Every farmer feeds 155 people. In 50 years, the world will require twice the amount of food.
Accomplishing that will require a critical balancing act, Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization said Tuesday night at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innovation Campus. The National FFA Organization formerly was known as Future Farmers of America.
Poeschl, who is from Minneapolis, was featured as a Heuermann Lecturer hosted by the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. More than 200 people attended, including students from Argentina and Africa.
Poeschl addressed food waste, water conservation, carbon footprint, farming efficiency and how to create positive change.
“For the first time in human history, we can feed everybody,” Poeschl said. “So why is it that one in six children still go to bed hungry every night in the United States?”
Though Poeschl said he didn’t have all the answers, he said he wanted to address the conundrum of sustainability and survivability.
It’s a high-stakes question, he indicated, adding: “In my lifetime wars will be fought over water.”
Poeschl said everyone learned what sustainability means in kindergarten: “Put it back the way you found it.”

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