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How a Cow Can Change Everything

World population expands. Ag technology spreads. Cows make more milk. Families have better lives. Check it out here.

A few facts on the folks on Earth and what they've been up to lately:

* World population hit 7 billion people in 2012.
* United Nations estimates we will reach 9.3 billion by 2050.
* Growth will occur not in our traditional allies but in rapidly developing nations like Pakistan, Brazil, India and Bangladesh.
* By 2050, 30% of the population will be rural and 70% will be urban – some 6.4 billion people, which is roughly equal to the entire world population today.
* Today there are 925 million hungry people in the world.
* There are 6 billion cell phones in the world today. In case you forgot from the first bullet, there are 7 billion people.
* 400 million acres were planted to biotech crops in 2011.
* Corn is projected to hit the 300-bushel-per-acre mark by 2030.

This is just a bit of what I picked up last week at the University of Illinois' Food and Ag Communications Symposium.

Then they brought out Gregg BeVier, with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He talked about Bill Gates' belief in easing world hunger not by sending more food aid to starving people, but by sharing agricultural technology with them, so they might raise food and break the cycle. Then he showed this video.

If your heart breaks at the thought of hungry children, of mothers who can't feed their children, of families who wish for more than the cycle of hunger and despair, then I think you'll be as moved as I was in watching it. This is good stuff.

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