Educating the public about the efficiency of American Agriculture and the challenges it faces in producing enough food to feed a hungry world was the goal of Wednesday's visit of the Drive To Feed the World Tour.
The event, featuring a mobile movie theatre and a self contained mobile kitchen, stopped at the Kerber Companies on July 24 as part of its national tour to dispel myths and urban legends about American Agriculture. Through an 11-minute movie featuring former NFL?and WWF?star Bill Goldberg, facts about American Agriculture were presented, along with an assessment of what the American Farmer will need to do to meet ever-increasing demand.
According to the United Nations, there will be a need to produce 70 percent more food by the year 2050. What makes the need for food even more severe is the fact that 25,000 people die every day from starvation and malnutrition in the world. The challenge to agriculture is that only two percent of Americans actually farm for a living.
EXITING?THE?MOVIE - Attendees at the Drive To Feed the World stop viewed an 11-minute informational video in the mobile theater truck and then filled out a brief questionnaire before being treated to a tempting hot meal. The visit of the tour, sponsored by Elanco and NutraBlends, was coordinated locally by the Kerber Companies. -- Dan Voigt photo
During the visit to Emmetsburg, The Drive to Feed the World attracted over 500 area residents to view the movie and enjoy the meal.
Also attending the event was Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. "We have to continue to get the public educated about agriculture and its through events such as this that we can continue to get the message out that the Iowa farmer, along with all American farmers, are still the most efficient producers of food in the world and need our support in their efforts to feed the world."