Production talking points
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that by 2050, net imports of wheat, rice, corn and other cereal crops in developing countries will more than double to 300 million metric tons.
- Production growth of rice, wheat, corn and other cereal crops in developing countries has been steadily declining in recent decades, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In 1960, this growth was 3.2 percent annually while in 2000 production growth was 1.5 percent.
- Insects, diseases and viruses are estimated to cause more than a 23 percent loss of the world's total food production annually.
- Agricultural lands are about 40-50 percent of the Earth's surface.