Representing USDA at the G-20 Agricultural Ministerial in Xi’an, China, June 3, were: (back row, left to right): Jason Hafemeister, FAS; Chris Frederick, FAS; Wade Sheppard, FAS; and Bruce Zanin, FAS; and (front row, left to right): Amy Zhang, FAS; Tayo Akingbe, FAS; Jonathan Cordone, USDA deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; Sue Cottrell, FAS; Zhang Lei, FAS; Elizabeth Jones, FAS; and James Wei, FAS.
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Jonathan Cordone led the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) delegation to the G-20 Agricultural Ministers Meeting in Xi’an, China, June 3. The theme of the gathering was agricultural innovation, which, as Cordone said in his address to the group, is key to meeting the daunting challenge of feeding a global population that is expected to reach 9.7 billion by the year 2050.
Cordone told top agricultural officials from the G-20 member countries that the tools needed to meet this challenge include compatible regulatory systems, an openness to sharing data, and innovative approaches to addressing changing climate and reducing food waste.
“Regulatory systems that are based on science are more effective,” Cordone said. “We cannot afford for decisions to be based solely on public opinion and political expediency. And regulatory systems that are globally compatible are necessary in an age of international trade and interdependency. We cannot let short-term interests impede our long-term global food security.”