For thanksgiving, I wanted to acknowledge farmers and scientists for the hard work they do keeping us fed. We’ll all be gorging on mountains of food this weekend, and I don’t know if farmers or scientists will get the credit they deserve, so I made this video to say thanks.
About Nick Saik:
I was born and raised in Central Alberta, surrounded on all sides by Agriculture. Besides the proximity I’ve had to it, Agriculture has always been a major draw for me. While I’m quite confident that I’m not cut of the same cloth that farmers are cut from, there is something in that lifestyle, and in those values that I can’t escape. My Dad Robert Saik made his living as a consultant to farmers. He’d spend the majority of his time helping farmers do more with the resources available to them. I think my investigative relationship with Agriculture is thanks to my Dad’s relationship with Agriculture.
I always wanted to know what was so important that it occupied that much of his time. As I grew and refined my passions and skills in story telling and film making, I was fortunate that my Dad worked hard to help me apply those skills back into capturing the realities of food production.
I’ve lived and worked in Vancouver, and seen many talented story tellers who lack passion and purpose in their careers, because they aren’t telling the right stories. I realized that the bar of quality for film making has never been higher, or simultaneously lower than it currently is. Being satisfied as a film maker all comes down to how you apply your skills, and what stories you apply them to.
I don’t know which stories I will get to tell in my life, but I can promise that I’ll never add sludge to the pile of stories we call entertainment. I will always find an uplifting story to tell. I can think of no other sector, no other story, that I’d rather be telling, than the story of Modern Agriculture.
I consider it a privilege to be part of this current conversation about food. If I do my job well, the average person should have a far greater understanding about what it takes to feed the world. Could I ask for any better job? Not a chance.
With the world’s population soaring to 10 billion people, Robert Saik explores how farmers “might” be able to feed everyone
Earth’s population will be close to 10 billion people by 2050. So consider this line from Robert Saik’s “FOOD 5.0″…
“In order to feed the world, we have to grow 10,000 years’ worth of food in the next 30 years, which means farmers worldwide must increase their food production by 60 to 70%.”
If that doesn’t wake you up… probably nothing can. How will farmers do it? Even with today’s technology this it going to take an overwhelming international effort to avoid a mass-starvation.
His first book, “The Agriculture Manifesto – Ten Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the Next Decade” was a 2014 Best of Amazon Books and this TEDx Talk “Will Agriculture be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?” has been viewed over 150,000 times.
In a time where more and more people (in the first world) are demanding to know where their food is coming from and how food is being produced, “FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future” should be required reading.
Robert Saik in the Author Hour Podcast:
“Food 5.0, How We Feed the Future was written for an urban audience, more so than a farming audience. My mental image of who I wrote the book for was a 33-year-old mom in a city with some kids who is working and raising her kids.”
“We live in a time now where all the technologies are smashing together–they are converging on the farm to reshape the farm in ways that urban people just simply do not understand. It is happening at a breakneck pace and farms are far more sophisticated, far more advanced than people realize.”
” you’re going to realize and learn a lot about food production and a lot about marketing.”
In FOOD 5.0 How We Feed The Future, Robert Saik examines “how technology convergence is reshaping the farm and the consumer”.
Robert has been hailed as an agriculture futurist with unparalleled insight into where the industry is headed. He’s worked with a variety of agriculturalists from Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture to Bill Gates.
He is the CEO of DOT Farm Solutions, which supports farmers adopting autonomous robotics in broad acre agriculture. He’s also the founder of AG Viser Pro, a platform that Uber-izes knowledge and wisdom, enabling farmers to instantaneously connect with agriculture experts worldwide.
Robert is a passionate keynote speaker and is executive producer of the Know Ideas Media a science based multi-media company addressing issues such as GMO’s and their use in food production. (Know Ideas Media is a partner in Todayville.com/Agriculture)
He serves on several Boards, is an advisor to Olds College, is a member of the A100 (Alberta Tech Entrepreneur Network), a student of Strategic Coach and Singularity University and a member of Abundance 360. As a partner in Perigro Venture Partners he participates in early stage technology investments.
He been recognized for agriculture leadership by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (Provincial Distinguished Agrologist of the Year) and in 2016 was awarded Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.
Here’s a story produced by Todayville on Robert’s visit to Seattle to brief Bill Gates.
Prospect of U.S.-China trade deal creates access worries for Canadian farmers
OTTAWA — China’s move to stop buying several Canadian agricultural products has punished some farmers, and now industry leaders are worrying about the prospect of a broader threat — an eventual U.S.-China trade deal.
Canadian exports of beef, pork, canola and soybeans have largely been locked out of the massive Chinese market following the December arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.
At the same time, a handful of Canadian crops have had stronger sales to China over the past year, such as Canadian wheat, thanks to trade-related tariffs imposed by the U.S.
Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance president Brian Innes says Canada may see indirect benefits from the trade war in the short term — but he worries a deal down the road could have a negative impact on farm exports to China.
Innes says President Donald Trump has been clear that any trade deal must include China agreeing to make major agricultural purchases from the U.S.
He says Canadian exporters would like to see the government push for the removal of non-tariff barriers in other foreign markets — such as those in Europe and the Pacific Rim — because they have prevented farmers from fully benefiting from multilateral trade deals.
At the moment, there are few signs of progress in the U.S.-China trade talks, but negotiators are expected to meet next month.
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