Modern agricultural production techniques are an important part of any sustainable solution to feeding, fueling, and clothing a growing world population. The further development of economies like China and India and the need for more renewable fuel sources means the only way to meet the worldwide demand for food, fuel, and fiber, while limiting the impact to our planet is through modern agriculture.
The Illinois Farm Bureau (“IFB”) supports “farming methods that result in profitability, environmental stewardship, the production of a safe food supply and an adequate supply of high quality agricultural commodities to meet current and future demand.” Furthermore IFB supports regulations “based upon scientific data which has been subject to replication and peer review.”[i]
In early 2015, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance conducted a national survey of consumer attitude surrounding sustainability. The survey found:
It is clear that modern agriculture production and the many sustainable activities that farmers already use in their farms are helping feed, fuel, and cloth the world. Today’s farmers will continue to improve their operations to be more efficient, protect the environment, and produce enough to meet the demands of a rapidly developing world.
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