Will we need more farmers to feed the growing population?

There are two issues to break down in this question. First, by 2050 there will be nearly 10 billion people on Earth. This is about 3 billion more mouths to feed than there were in 2010. But this does not automatically mean we will need more farmers. Technology will play a key role in increasing efficiency to meet the rising food demand. However, it is important to note that America’s population of farmers and ranchers is aging. The median age of farmers is 57.5 years which means the U.S. will need to train a new generation of farmers and ranchers to fill the gaps left by those retiring in the next 20 years.

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