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Addressing the Food Gap — Everyone Has a Role to Play 
By Colorado State University

The World Resources Institute (WRI) put together a report called Creating a Sustainable Food Future that provided solutions to the impending food gap. As our population approaches the expected 9.6 billion people by 2050, our farmers will need to be producing 69% more than they are now to feed them. 

The report explained options for reducing excessive food consumption and options for food production without adverse land expansion, among others. Included in those were solutions like:

  • Reduce obesity
  • Reduce losses and waste
  • educe excessive consumption of animal products
  • Shift to a more efficient mix of animal products
  • Farm smarter
  • Breed better seeds
  • Crop the same land more frequently
  • Intensify pasture productivity
  • Increase productivity of aquaculture

From top to bottom, this partial list indicates that everyone has a part to play in closing the food gap – from consumers adjusting their eating habits and pitching in to grow their own vegetables, to seed technologists improving the genetics of what is grown, to farmers across the world constantly adapting to a changing climate and consumer. 

Colorado State University's online agriculture programs can help you define your role in confronting today's challenges. Learn more about how you can do your part, using education to make the most of your career in agriculture and address the future of our food economy with one of the following options: 

Agricultural Extension Education (M.Agr. or MAEE)
Become a more effective Extension educator and deepen your understanding of agricultural issues and how to communicate them. With interdisciplinary courses that combine theory and practice, you can focus your study on teaching in areas such as agriculture and natural resources, community development, environmental education, human development, organic production, range science, and sustainable agriculture.

Integrated Resource Management (M.Agr.)
Meet the growing demand for sustainable management of land and resources in today's rural and urban communities. The Master of Agriculture in integrated resource management (IRM) gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to operate an agricultural business efficiently and sustainably without sacrificing profits.

Agricultural Business (B.S. degree completion)
Learn to effectively manage behind-the-scenes operations and strategically enhance the viability of your agricultural businesses. This degree completion program focuses on applying economic theory to address the agricultural issues that businesses face daily and forecast the likely outcomes of market and government interactions in our uncertain world.

Certificate Programs
If you’re not looking for a degree program, we also offer three certificates of completion in the ag area. The Seed Technology undergraduate training prepares you for various certification exams with comprehensive training in seed analysis, while our Developing a Safe Food Business certificate and Cottage Foods training covers food safety practices and regulations needed to start up a food company.