Guest Lecture: Ed Kee

Ed Kee, former Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, visited class to discuss how the agriculture industry today is like a “Food Shed”. Ed Kee went through Delaware’s history and impact on the United States’ in terms of agriculture. Kee went into crop yields, trends, and challenges faced in the past 150 years and how, due to the advances in technology, people surpassed them. As of now, a big issue in the agriculture¬† industry is in regards to the future. With the world’s population expected to reach 9.3 billion people by the year 2050, a major concern has been about how to the agriculture industry will be able to provide food for that many. It is estimated that approximately $209 billion a year will have to be invested in order to feed the approaching population growth.

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