In the past decade, the public has become acutely aware of a challenge cited by scientists for many years: the combination of a growing population, urbanization of once agricultural lands, deforestation, and climate change has made land one of our most limited resources. Today, a little more than 10% of the earth’s surface is suitable for agriculture, with less than 5% supporting permanent crops. While land is a limited resource, water is even more limited. With food demand predicted to grow 70 -90% over the next 40 years, the World Economic Forum predicts that water scarcity could seriously affect global crop yields. Meanwhile, water needs for energy production are expected to rise 165%.
Solutions addressing the increasing needs for energy and agriculture, in the face of these global shortages, must be innovative and sustainable. Crop stewardship is at the core of Chromatin's values, and the company is equally focused on using its technology to introduce sustainable, healthy agricultural practices while enhancing commercial value and quality of life.
Sorghum is a dependable crop that requires fewer nutrient inputs and far less water than other crops like corn and sugarcane. Moreover, sorghum can be grown on over 80% of the world’s agricultural land, including marginal land not suited to cultivation of other crops. As growing populations demand more productivity from low-quality land with fewer resource inputs, sorghum is poised to meet those needs in a sustainable way.