World Food Forum
14
OCT
2015

How can we feed people? Enabling Countries where agriculture is the bedrock of society to have that also as the bedrock of economic development

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Michael R. Taylor

Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

There are such diverse problems around the world: in some places there is too little production, in other places there’s too little access to food. Poverty itself is a fundamental problem which contributes to the lack of food security.

I think that we need first of all to make available modern methods of producing food, and then also find ways to improve access to markets, build the infrustructure that creates access to food and enables Countries where agriculture is the bedrock of society to have that also as the bedrock of economic development, which is the way in which we can feed people.

Our biggest challenge is to implement what we know works to prevent food safety problems: there’s lot of room for creating new innovative approaches. We understand how we can build prevention measures into how food is processed on farms, how it is processed in facilities, how it is transported.

The World Food Research and Innovation Forum is a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together and to find ways to collaborate on this goal of food safety, which we all share and which is really close to food security, because you can’t have food security without food safety.

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