How Agriculture Feeds the World

How Agriculture Feeds the World

Caleb Cousens

It won’t take you long while talking to an agricultural advocate, a farmer or just checking in on the agricultural discussions on Twitter to hear the phrase “agriculture feeds the world.”

It is one of those catchy marketing slogans that has become overused and clichéd even though it remains as true today as it was when it first was coined.

The fact is that there is nothing that gets put on our table that isn’t grown, tended, harvested and processed by farmers and agricultural entities all over the world. From salmon farms in our oceans, to seas of grains inland to herds of livestock we as “regular people” don’t have the slightest idea where our food comes from or how it gets to our plates.

This is why you can’t watch a hockey game or an episode of The Big Bang Theory without seeing advertising from your favorite food brands that portray the story of the food the industry produces.

How The Food Gets to Your Table

We believe that jobs in agriculture means jobs in food which is why we are so bullish on the opportunities in the industry for young and established professionals alike.

Let me show you what we mean. The process that our food goes through before it gets to us can be split up into two sectors which each offer an endless list of interesting and innovative careers.

Food Production

Committed, hardworking, innovative agricultural producers work hard all over the world to grow the food we eat. Whether it’s growing barley that will go into the beer we drink, rice for our favorite sushi roll, or those sirloin steaks, we love the first and most important step in the process of what our farmers do.

Job Opportunities: The locales and skills needed at this stage of the process are varied and awesome! From the rugged coast, to the prairies to the mountains you can work at jobs like equipment operator, veterinarian, agronomist and more.

Food Processing

This is the stage where all of the raw ingredients that are grown and produced by farmers are prepared for human consumption. This can include preservation and packaging as well as the cooking, separating and flavoring of the food we eat.

Job Opportunities: Whether you are more science oriented and want to go into food sciences or research or you want to work for a big brand like Nestle, PepsiCo and many more. No matter your skill-set there is a job for you in this sector.

Feeding the World Through Innovation

When you think agriculture you might still picture horse drawn ploughs, dirty hands and small farms. But this could be no further from the truth. Agriculture is an industry driven by space-age technology, innovation and machines that make a Transformers movie look old and out of date..

Innovation comes when pressure is put on an industry to find new, more efficient ways to achieve a goal. And agriculture needs to feed a world population set to grow by billions of people in the next few decades. This has led to the need to produce more food more efficiently and on less land than ever before and getting that food to cities that are growing exponentially in size.

This pressure has created a space for a large number of agriculture start-ups to bring more analytics, new ideas and tech-solutions to the industry. These companies are out to tackle challenges such as precision agriculture, farming kelp in our oceans, urban and rooftop farms, aquaponics and so much more.

Farmers Edge

Farmers Edge supports growers around the world by providing industry-leading VRT (Variable Rate Technology), field-centric data management and analysis, along with reliable boots-on-the ground support.

Green Wave

GreenWave is an ocean farmer and fisherman-run organization dedicated to building a new blue-green economy that creates jobs, mitigates climate change and grows healthy food for local communities.

Lufa Farms

Lufa grow food where people live and grow it more sustainably. In 2011, they built the world's first commercial rooftop greenhouse. Through innovation and technology, they are striving to change the way cities eat.

How Can You Help Feed the World

Whether you are interested in business (marketing, finance, economics), science (food science, research, R&D, veterinary), mechanical (mechanics, equipment operator, IT) or something else, chances are there is a career opportunity for you in agriculture.

Even if you have your sights set on a different industry you could spend a spring or fall working on a farm. Experiencing a planting or harvest season will be an eye-opening experience for anyone. Working with a team on a farm to produce food that is going to feed the community and be shipped to the local grocery store or across the world is something everyone should do.

There isn’t an industry where you can have a bigger impact on your local or global communities whether you are behind a combine or behind a desk. So what are you waiting for check out agriculture jobs right now.

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