Mosaic Joins Food Security Conversation at World Food Prize
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Mosaic Joins Food Security Conversation at World Food Prize

October 21, 2015   |   ShareThis

At the Borlaug Dialogues last week in Des Moines, Iowa, Mosaic highlighted the critical role of fertilizer in achieving global food security. The annual international event, which draws government leaders, policymakers, academics, farmers, NGOs and agribusiness professionals, culminated with the awarding of the World Food Prize to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Sir Abed founded BRAC (formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), the world’s largest non-governmental organization, which works to eradicate poverty. The award recognizes Sir Abed’s achievements in helping millions of people improve their lives through better food security.

Ben Pratt, Mosaic Vice President – Corporate Public Affairs, participated in a plenary session on precision agriculture and big data, alongside leaders from Global Harvest Initiative, Deere & Co., Elanco, Climate Corporation and Purdue University. According to Pratt, precision agriculture can help farmers optimize yields of advanced seeds while minimizing their environmental footprint, and fertilizer is fundamental to that approach. He emphasized the need for more innovation in the crop nutrition industry, and that advances in seed technology are wasted without adequate soil heath and fertility.

“Food Security Starts with Soil Fertility”: Mosaic Panel Discussion

When it comes to producing enough food for a growing population, healthy soils are paramount—and sometimes overlooked. With 2015 declared the “International Year of Soils” by the United Nations, the topic of sustainable soils formed the basis for a special panel discussion, hosted by Mosaic.

The panel brought together experts in soil science and nutrient management to talk about the role of soil fertility in achieving global food security, as well as the challenges faced by the agriculture industry. Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, Western Lake Erie Project Director for The Nature Conservancy, was joined by Dr. Josh McGrath, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The panel was moderated by Mosaic Social Responsibility Manager Anita Foster, and discussed how balanced crop nutrition and careful nutrient management practices optimize yields while ensuring the sustainability of crop production.

Global Harvest Initiative Releases GAP Report

As a member of Global Harvest Initiative, Mosaic also contributed to the organization’s 2015 GAP Report, “Building Sustainable Breadbaskets,” which was released at the World Food Prize (see pg. 36). The report highlights the legacy of the U.S. conservation agriculture system, while also demonstrating that continued commitment and investment are necessary to generate new innovations to conserve soil, water and other precious natural resources.

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World Food Prize plenary sessions, breakfast/luncheon sessions, Laureate award ceremony.