By 2030 Planet Earth will have to produce 50 percent more food than we currently produce in order to feed the projected world population at that time.

That level of food production, which will have to come on less land and with less people farming is sobering, if not daunting. The assessment didn’t come from anyone in the farming or food business, it came from Ralf Sudoff, head of the United Nations World Food Program.

Speaking at Bayer CropScience’s annual press conference, the outgoing CEO of the company said technology, how we adopt it and use it in agriculture, is a critical factor in our ability to meet the future global demand for food.

“In the future, hunger will not only be a question of equitable distribution (as it is today). It will increasingly be the case that there isn’t enough food to distribute,” Friedrich Berschauer says.

Global acceptance and wise use of current and future technologies are critical factors in whether farmers will be able to meet the daunting challenge of feeding an expected 8.5 billion people by the year 2030.

By 2030, India will replace China as the world’s most populous country. Both countries are not only growing rapidly, but the middle class is growing quickly, providing greater demand for better food and fiber. So, not only will the total number of people to feed increase, but so will their demands for food, fiber and energy.

“I firmly believe world population will continue to increase and continue to pressure farmers to produce more and more food on less land. When you factor in climate change and other naturally occurring factors, it is clear meeting the food challenges of the future will require the global agriculture community to embrace all modern and safe technologies in a responsible way,” the German leader says.