Food Security


The value of trade and continuous export expansion

“Trade enhances food security, food quality and consumer choice.”

The U.S. Grains Council recognizes that food security is a priority for every nation. The Council understands as well that international trade is a powerful tool for enhancing the food security of all peoples. It is imperative that countries broaden their concept of food security beyond “self-sufficiency” in order to take advantage of the safety net that trade assures and to meet the rapidly increasing demand for greater quality and variety from a rapidly growing global middle class.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the global population will reach 9.1 billion by 2040, and food demand will be 70 percent higher than today. Food demand will grow twice as fast as the population, as incomes and appetites for protein-rich foods increase.

Trade enhances consumer choice, provides access to greater variety and higher quality foodstuffs, and permits countries to shift production to areas in which they enjoy a competitive advantage and can earn a greater return.

The U.S. Grains Council is committed to being the world’s bridge to U.S. corn, sorghum and barley farmers and their industry, so that international customers can use U.S. grain and co-products as a reliable component of their food security strategies.