Elanco introduced "Enough: The fight for a food secure tomorrow," a report focused on the realities and solutions available to achieve global food security. The report, written by Elanco president Jeff Simmons, advocates for farmer access to innovative tools in order to feed a growing global population and reduce natural resource use.
During his presentation at “Feeding the World 2014: Sustainable Solutions for a World Crisis" hosted by The Economist, Simmons shared the main messages of the report, explaining that innovation, choice and trade will be the core solutions to tackle food security.
Simmons laid out today's food security realities: The world's middle class will more than double in size to nearly 5 billion people as the world population grows to 9 billion by 2050. However, the fastest part of that growth will actually occur between now and 2020. This means billions of people demanding access to better diets, including an increased consumer demand for meat, milk and eggs.
The U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization reports that 60% more meat, milk and eggs are needed to meet demand in 2050. However, the Earth's resources are already over used; it currently takes 1.5 years to regenerate 1.0 year of resource use, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
"We are currently on the fast track to a crisis and a global shortage of basic foods such as meat, milk and eggs. For example, today, we are meeting global milk demand primarily by adding cows. On this path, we will need 40 million more dairy cows in order to meet consumer demand for dairy products in 2050. This is simply not sustainable," Simmons said.
However, he said, "alternatives exist. We have — either available right now or in the pipeline — the technology that would enable us to meet consumer demand in 2050, but we need to give farmers the ability to access and utilize this technology and ensure that proven innovation and farm practices which maintain health and productivity are available for use."
Simmons' "Enough" report also features new research that helps detail the reality of consumer perceptions and the path for ensuring global food security with innovation, choice and trade. The research includes original consumer perception and survey data from The Nielsen Co. and Elanco researchers as well as in-depth new research regarding nutrition and food chain solutions for ensuring food security.