10 October 2013, Forbes -- "In the lead up to the 2013 Borlaug Dialogue, the Skoll World Forum is featuring several keynote speakers writing at the nexus of three subjects central to the global challenges we face in the 21st century: biotechnology, sustainability, and climate volatility. ..."
Juergen Voegele, Ph. D., was appointed Director of the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department (AES) of the World Bank on October 1, 2012. He leads the department in pioneering a landscape approach to sustainable development and the alignment of agriculture and environmental practices.
...Ironically, while agriculture is a primary victim of climate change, it is also one of the main culprits: food system emissions contribute roughly 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, directly and through associated changes in land use from deforestation. Emissions from livestock are expected to increase 70% by 2050. If deforestation continues as projected, forests will diminish dramatically by 2100, with grave associated consequences in terms of carbon release and biodiversity loss.
The good news is that there are steps we can take to make agriculture part of the solution. For example, agriculture is the only sector that can suck carbon out of the atmosphere. It has the potential to sequester 20% of global carbon dioxide emissions annually in the soils of croplands, grazing lands and rangelands. ..."