(NC)—We’ve all heard the numbers before: the world population is on the rise and we will need to almost double food production by 2050.
Does the burden of producing more food rest squarely on the shoulders of farmers? According to agricultural researcher, Micheal Greer, farmers certainly are part of the answer, but meeting the world’s food demands will take the hard work of experts in so many other fields, too.
“There’s so much more to agriculture than you’d ever think,” says Greer, who is pursuing his PhD in agricultural research at the University of Alberta. Greer speaks from experience; he worked at a flower mill and as a grain terminal operator before getting into research.
He says the field of agricultural research is booming, but agriculture also requires the skills of legal experts, regulatory affairs specialists, public relations practitioners, politicians and so many others. “It takes all walks of life to meet the challenges we’re facing today,” says Greer. “Agriculture has come a long way from just producing crops and selling them at the market,” he adds, pointing to the size and complexity of the agricultural business today.
Greer thinks agriculture is only going to grow as an industry. He says while there are the tangible perks of working in the industry (like good salaries and opportunities to advance), there are some pretty compelling intangible benefits as well.
“Agriculture matters to your community. We see it all around us—and the people in this industry are incredible. There are great people everywhere you turn.”