Message from Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
There is no doubt that among the most pressing issues that will face our world in the next half century is how we will feed our growing populations. By 2050, our planet will need to support 9 billion people. And course, our planet is not growing any more arable land or producing more usable water. It is comforting to know that the best minds are already thinking ahead, planning for and laying the foundations for strategies to feed the world. And many of these minds are right here at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Similarly, the economy of Nebraska is well positioned to take a leadership role in both development and application of the new technologies necessary for addressing food scarcity.
This edition of Strategic Discussions for Nebraska, a project of the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, examines this problem. Opportunities for Nebraska, Volume Three: Food Scarcity engages the very best scientists, thinkers and researchers at the University. Researched and written entirely by students in a special topics Magazine Writing class, Food Scarcity was supported by the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, which under the leadership of Ronnie Green, its Harlan Vice Chancellor and University of Nebraska Vice President, is a key partner and collaborator in the project.
I am proud that Nebraska is, and will continue to be, a leader in the efforts to feed the world. Whether it involves developing new crops, new production methods, new technologies, or new influencing policies regarding land and water use, health resources and food distribution, UNL faculty are involved at every level. Eyes are on Nebraska to help address food scarcity. That will indeed be the overwhelming challenge for the generation of students who are now enrolled at UNL. The students who have taken part in researching this publication will have a better knowledge of the problem, and we envision them becoming informed decision-makers. Strategic Discussions for Nebraska allows our citizens to become involved as well. This publication bridges the gap between the laboratory and living room – giving Nebraskans the facts and materials necessary to make critical decisions about issues that will affect the future. We hope these publications spark discussion, comment and further inquiry.
We are indebted to the Robert and Ardis James Family Foundation whose generous contributions launched Strategic Discussions for Nebraska. Congratulations to Project Director Mary Garbacz of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and to the students who researched, wrote and created this publication. I thank the many faculty members across the University who served as sources for the project. Thanks also to the members of the Strategic Discussions for Nebraska Advisory Board, who come from the University and the wider Nebraska business and educational communities. This group’s aid in identifying and targeting topics of interest has proven invaluable. And I extend particular thanks to Ronnie Green, vice chancellor at IANR, for his interest and ongoing support.
I know you will find this publication to be a useful tool in formulating opinions and policy that advance Nebraska’s progress.
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Facing the Global Food Challenge
A Place Without Limits: NU’s Leading Role in Ag Innovation – J.B. Milliken
“Ag is Sexy Again” as Global Need for Food Increases – Ronnie Green
“Failure is Not an Option” in Addressing Global Food Scarcity – Archie Clutter
Lenton the Founding Director of Daugherty Water for Food Institute – Roberto Lenton
Dickey Reflects on Years as Dean of Extension – Elbert Dickey
Food Scarcity Information Dissemination Complex, Vital – Karen Cannon
Technology and Food
Nebraska – the Food Capital of the World? – Rolando Flores
Is a Fully-Sustainable World Within Reach? – Mark Burbach
Agricultural Efficiency Sustains Resources, Produces More – Roch Gaussoin
Technology, Teamwork and Stewardship Vital in Meeting 2050 Global Food Need – P. Stephen Baenziger
Protein Production Essential in Feeding the World – Matt Spangler
Nebraska’s Irrigation Research Goes Global – William Kranz
The Plight of the Honey Bee – Marion Ellis
Society’s Health Reflects Changing Food Culture – Georgia Jones and Marilynn Schnepf
Steps to Building a Healthier World – Jean Ann Fischer
Economics of Food
Ag Economists – Working to Assure Abundant, Safe Food – Larry Van Tassell
Global Food Scarcity, Distribution, Roadblocks – Dennis Conley
Global Economics Research Explains Food Scarcity Challenges – Lilyan Fulginiti
World Food Supply Adequate, but Poverty is the Problem – Wes Peterson
Ag Land Reflects Value of Growing Food for the Future – Bruce Johnson
A Land of Plenty – Exporting to the World Stan Garbacz – Stan Garbacz