Why Agriculture

Agriculture in the 21st century faces multiple challenges.  The world population is expected to grow by over a third or 2.3 billion people by 2050.

Feeding a world population of 9.1 billion people will require raising overall food production by close to 70 per cent while also focusing on reducing food waste and insecurity, increasing efficiency of production using innovative technologies and leveraging cutting-edge research.  Poverty, food insecurity, both locally and globally, malnutrition and movement of populations from rural to urban centres will also feature prominently.

Our Faculty of Agriculture is committed to dedicating our human and physical resources to addressing the significant challenges to global and local sustainability, food security and health and well-being in this rapidly changing landscape within our sector. 

These goals are central to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will be central to our work over the next five years.

Why agriculture? It is agriculture that will help feed the world; Agriculture that will help mitigate climate change and Agriculture that will ensure water and a sustainable environment for our future.

There isn't another sector that impacts our lives, both individually and collectively more than agriculture.

Agriculture is our future, it's that simple.


Why Agriculture? is a series of videos on agricultural topics important to our faculty, students and alumni. These videos give their passion a voice and educate a wide audience about the power of agriculture to feed and heal the world.

These videos acknowledge the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals the Faculty of Agriculture is addressing through its strategic plan and highlights a wide range of topics.

Why genetics? with Dr. Sean Myles

Why bees? with Dr. Chris Cutler

Why fish farms? with Dr. Stefanie Colombo

Why eggs? with Dr. Stephanie Collins

Why automation? with PhD student Craig MacEachern


Why Apples? with Janice and Larry Lutz

Why food waste? Ashley MacDonald

Why soil? Dr. David Burton

Why insects? Dr. Paul Manning