The issue of food security is one of the biggest problems we are currently facing. That is according to Dr. Digvir Jayas, a University of Manitoba professor who presented at the Lethbridge College on Tuesday. He had some interesting things to say about how proper grain storage and drying systems can sustain the world’s food supply going into the future. He says a third of the food in the world is lost once it is produced in poorly managed production systems.
“If you took an average loss of the grain. So globally, we produce 3.2 billion tonnes of grains, and if you lose 20 per cent, that’s 640 million tonnes of grains is being lost globally. If you take the amount of grain needed to feed the individual and you calculate how many people can be fed with the 640 million of the grain is about one 1.6 billion people.”
Jayas says Canada produces 80 million tonnes of grain and exports 40 million tonnes globally.