Supporting U.S. Food & Agriculture Innovation & Climate Objectives
Safe, secure, affordable & accessible food supply
Hundreds of millions of Americans and people around the world rely on safe and nutritious U.S. agricultural products and foods. Americans have access to one of the safest, most diverse, most affordable food supplies in history, and the United States exports more than $135 billion worth of food and agricultural products every year, making core contributions to global food security and helping to meet growing global demand for food and feed.
According to the 2020 Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) report, in order to sustainably double the amount of food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy needed to nourish nearly 10 billion people in 2050, “agricultural productivity needs to increase at an average annual rate of 1.73%.”
Thriving, resilient communities
The U.S. agriculture and food supply chain supports good jobs and strong communities and is a driver for sustainable economic growth
and development. Total food and agricultural employment accounts for nearly 11% of U.S. jobs, many in rural communities where good-paying jobs are particularly important. More than 98% of America’s 2 million farms are operated by families, and at least 56% of farms have at least one female decision-maker.
U.S. agriculture and food supply chain stakeholders are at the forefront of research and innovation (including in partnerships with the public sector and academia) to increase agriculture’s resiliency in the face of supply chain disruptions from climate change, human and animal disease outbreaks, and/or other disruptions yet to come.
Leaders across the supply chain also give generously to help food-insecure Americans gain access to the nutritious foods they need,
including by donating hundreds of millions of pounds of food to local and national food banks, as well as pet food for companion animals.
Built on efficiency and innovation
The U.S. agriculture and food supply chain has dramatically reduced its impact on the environment in recent decades, including
by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and optimizing land, water, and energy use, all while increasing food production for a
growing population and working to reduce food waste.