With nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, world markets offer momentous growth opportunities for U.S. agriculture. IL Corn and it’s partners work to develop export markets for American farmers and agribusinesses.
But it’s not all about American farmers and agribusinesses. In fact, when you get down to the local farmer level, these guys and gals are very concerned with simply feeding people. And they take their jobs seriously.
Of course, farmers are engaged in all sorts of interesting programs with food pantries in their areas – including the Pork Power program where several Illinois ag associations work together to move significant amounts of ground pork into the food pantry system. Those programs are important.
But just as important is our efforts to pass free trade agreements, to figure out barriers to trade in other countries, and to help international customers learn how to use the cuts of meat we have to sell. Because although these efforts help the U.S. economy, they also feed hungry people.
Think about it. Most of the food is grown in a few select areas – of which the U.S. is an important one. Food is also grown in South America and in the Ukraine and surrounding regions. But most of the eaters are not in these countries.
The eaters are in China. In India. In other developing countries. In fact, developing countries are home to roughly 80 percent of the world’s population.