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News Journal: Our job — feed the world, protect the planet

This Saturday, the University of Delaware looks forward to opening its doors to thousands of our neighbors for the 37th annual “Ag Day” on the Newark campus. The day will be filled with fun, food, music, animals, hayrides and educational demonstrations – all welcome sights after the historic snowy winter. It’s also the perfect time to focus on preserving the earth’s precious natural resources, especially our food supply. This is our mission all year long at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UD.

In the next 30 to 40 years, we must make significant progress toward solving one of the world’s grand challenges by providing a safe, affordable, nutritious food supply for a growing population. It is estimated the earth will have 9 billion people by the year 2050. Even today, almost 1 billion of the 7 billion inhabitants are malnourished. Without viable solutions, this problem will intensify.

Editor's Note: This is an op-ed written by Dr. Mark Rieger, dean of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.