Why We Do It
Feeding the World
Everything we do at Agrium Wholesale is driven by the knowledge that we provide products that ultimately feed the world.
The importance of securing enough nutritious, high-quality food to feed the world’s increasing population is an ongoing concern. The world’s food security cannot be met without fertilizer additions, good land stewardship and sound agronomic practices. Without fertilizer, the world could only produce about half as much food as it currently does today. In other words, we feed the world, or half the world’s population starves.
Agrium Wholesale continues research, policy and development work to attain increased fertilizer use efficiency. It is estimated that good agronomic practices could raise nitrogen use efficiency by at least 25 percent, on a world-wide basis, in the next two generations.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), plant nutrients could help significantly boost food production in Sub-Sahara Africa, where farmers use less than one tenth of the nutrients applied by their Asian counterparts.
Proper nutritional balance and environmental efficiency are primary concerns for our industry. The world’s major sources of farm produced food are wheat (17 percent of world food production), corn and rice (15 percent of world food production each). These food crops require adequate and environmentally responsible fertilization practices and nutrient amounts. In order to produce the food the world needs, each of these food crops require large amounts of nutrients.
Plant nutrients, such as the ones produced by Agrium Wholesale, will continue to play an important role in ensuring that the world has enough food to support its population in years to come.
Explore this “Why we do it” section on our website to learn more, or visit Nutrients for Life.