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USDA Targets to Halve US Environmental Footprint, Boost Production 40% by 2050

February 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its new targets under the Agriculture Innovation Agenda. These targets include increasing agricultural productivity by 40% and cutting the environmental footprint of agriculture in half by 2050. According to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, their new motto is to "Do Right and Feed Everyone."

The world population is projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050. Aside from producing enough to meet the demand, the global agriculture sector also needs to protect the natural resource base. Furthermore, farmers need to adapt to the prevailing market trend wherein consumers are starting to consider the environmental footprint of the products they buy. With all these prevailing scenarios, bold goals and actions are vital.

"We work every day to fulfill that motto by having an ethical focus on consumers. That focus has inspired us to leverage every tool in our toolbox to challenge ourselves to set goals, prioritize innovation, and hold ourselves accountable," says Perdue.

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