Growing Hope

January 13, 2015
Woman holding large bundle of wheat about head.

From a single ancient grain, we're harvesting new ways to feed the world.

For thousands of years, wild cereal grains helped feed the Middle East in the face of drought and disease. Today, the University of Minnesota is collecting the last remaining samples of those ancient grains to help feed the world. By analyzing their genetic traits, we're breeding stronger, more productive wheat. Ultimately, we're growing hope of a safe, sustainable food supply for the world's growing population. It's one more way the future is being Made in Minnesota.

  • By 2030, one billion extra tons of grain will be needed to feed the growing population.
  • 842 million people are currently undernourished worldwide.
  • 20% of human calories come from wheat.
  • 98% of the world's hungry live in developing countries.

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