Organic and conventional farmer walk into a bar…

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People are becoming less connected to where their food is coming from, concerns are piling up as to whether we will have any food at all . The new generation of farmers wants to address both those problems. Nikiko Masumoto, of the organic Masumoto Family Farm in California, and Zach Hunnicutt, a fifth-generation farmer from Nebraska, sat down with Smithsonian.com

How can we responsibly feed seven billion people, providing them with not just with enough food but with food they want to eat? And how do we do it without harming the planet?

Zach Hunnicutt: We need to have all the tools at our disposal. There’s a lot of controversy around crops, whether it’s people being opposed to GMOs or chemicals or organic methods that are more resource-intensive. But what works on my farm might not work on one that’s 100 miles away or one halfway around the planet. People need to farm in a way that fits the environment that they’re in.

Nikiko Masumoto: Lots of big thinkers are trying to address these questions, and I don’t think we have all the answers yet, but I can say that sustainable agriculture is the only way to continue, and we have to employ organic methods and methods that conserve water in order to continue to live.

Read full, original post: Where Will Our Future Food Come From? Ask a Farmer