The Science Behind Feeding Burgeoning Populations


The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization calculates that approximately half of the world's hungry people are from small-holder farming communities, surviving off marginal lands prone to natural disasters like drought or flood. The UN also predicts that most future world population growth will be in less developed countries. As population rates continue to grow around the world, government leaders and policy-makers are working persistently to devise new strategies for feeding their people.

China is home to nearly one in five of the world’s population. Chinese farmers currently feed 20 percent of the global population using only nine percentof the world’s arable land. Many of these famers use the same planting methods that have been used for thousands of years, often resulting in poor crop yields that also lack the micronutrients needed for good health. “Planting Prosperity,” the mini-documentary, shows how China’s government is collaborating with global companies such as DuPont to help local businesses thrive—from  family farmers to livestock breeders to the manufacturers of the single-kernel mechanized planter. 

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