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Noble Foundation's input about food production can benefit policymakers

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: January 13, 2013

To ensure future voters have a broader base of knowledge that prevents policy decisions from being based on emotional media appeals rather than facts, the Noble Foundation has launched the Noble Academy to help students understand the importance of agriculture and the need for agriculture research. Academy officials are working with Oklahoma teachers and education experts to provide lessons and in-class demonstrations that allow children to learn about science and agriculture.

The project is similar to programs offered by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. Funded by contributions from state energy producers, the OERB spends millions annually on curricula and programs that help students learn more about the energy industry while also becoming proficient in science, math, social studies and language arts.

With the global population expected to increase from 7 billion to 9.5 billion in coming years, producers will be challenged to provide 70 percent to 100 percent more food. In a world where food demand is only going to increase, it's crucial that citizens understand the need for agriculture industries and make sensible policy decisions that don't unduly impede access to food supply.

For advancing that cause, Oklahomans can thank the Noble Foundation.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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