Ala. to hold conference on demands from world growth

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan will hold a conference in late November in which he and others hope to answer questions about how to feed and clothe the world's growing population in the years to come.

The conference is set for Tuesday, November 29, in Birmingham.

"Alabama farmers and agribusinesses are working to meet the challenge. But, how well positioned are we for a future of burgeoning population growth?" Commissioner McMillan asked.

The human population passed the seven billion mark in October, more than doubling in only 50 years. Now the question of how to feed and clothe so many, given a finite supply of water and arable land, is being asked.

The conference will feature numerous guest speakers including nearly 150 Alabama leaders from business, higher education and government.

The conference is being bill as "Feeding the World, Meeting the Demands of World Population Growth."

"The world's population last month reached seven billion and will hit nine billion in 2050. The concept of supplying the world with food and fiber has become a global concern, spanning food security, sustainability and biotechnology," says McMillan.

"We recognize the challenges of feeding a growth world population, and we understand the mounting strain on producers to provide a safe, wholesome food and fiber supply to consumers worldwide," adds the Commissioner.

Featured speakers include

  • Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-7)
  • Congresswoman Martha Roby (AL-02)
  • Michael Scuse -Under Secretary USDA
  • Donnie Smith, CEO - Tyson
  • Others
  • INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Agriculture