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Question of the Week – If we need GMOs to produce enough food, why do we waste $165 billion in uneaten food every year?

Question of the Week - If we need GMOs to produce enough food, why do we waste $165 billion in uneaten food every year?

Each week, we will answer a question from our readers regarding our operations and community outreach here in Puerto Rico.

This week we answer the question, “if we need GMOs to produce enough food, why do we waste $165 billion in uneaten food every year?”

Getting food to the people who need it today and working to feed the growing population of tomorrow are critical issues with no single solution or strategy. Factors such as shipping, port facilities, warehouses, and in-country shipping systems play big roles in distributing food around the world.

Having a good plan to overcome these obstacles will require companies, farmers and policymakers to work together and use every tool available. It will take more than just increased production to feed our growing population. Improving infrastructure, using natural resources more efficiently, learning smarter ways to use data, and addressing poverty will all be important parts of feeding the expected 11 billion people by 2050. Tools like big data, GMO and new hybrid seeds, precision agriculture, and soil health are all areas we’re looking at to help with the process.

You can read more about the various things we’re doing to try to contribute to finding solutions to this big challenge in our section on sustainable agriculture.

Do you have a question? Write us at infopr@monsanto.com.