Trade: Another Path to Food Security

Trade means that a country does not have to be self-sufficient in agriculture to be food secure.

Trade can guarantee food security for countries that cannot produce enough food to feed themselves. It helps nations reduce food costs, diversify diets, increase food quality and achieve a level of prosperity that improves the quality of life for their people as well as greater political and social stability.

Worldwide "Rules-Based Systems" for Trade

The Council is working to encourage adoption of policies that advance consistent, fair, rules-based systems for trade and that encourage acceptance of agricultural biotechnology. Achievement of these objectives will help U.S. agriculture gain a larger market share of global grain exports, while helping international customers provide lower costs, higher quality, expanded variety and enhanced food security for their populations.

New World Markets Are Emerging

Grain farmers, their checkoff organizations and U.S. agribusiness can be confident that the trading system the Council has helped build with traditional U.S. partners can successfully be extended to other countries around the world.

The United Nations projects that world population will grow to 9.1 billion by 2040; with much of that growth in developing countries.

Informa Economics, in a study for the U.S, Grains Council, forecasts that worldwide, real purchasing power parity per capita will more than double from $9,727 in 2010 to $24,697 by 2040.

Relationships: Foundations of Trade

The U.S. Grains Council recognizes that relationship building is a key to increasing exports with current and prospective international customers. In partnership with corn, sorghum and barley farmers – through their checkoff organizations – the Council serves as a catalyst for free trade policy and agricultural advancement that helps countries better serve their consumers, increase economic growth and enhance their food security.

Trade Expansion: Long-term driver of Ag Sector Growth

Agriculture is one of America’s most dynamic export sectors – proof that our nation is an effective competitor and relationship builder in the global economy.

The Council has helped the U.S. capture two-thirds of world sorghum exports, dominate global trade in corn, solidify new marketing channels for barley and barley malt and develop a fast-growing world market for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) that accompanies the spectacular growth of the domestic ethanol market.