A presentation titled "How Can We Feed the World?" has received the most votes in Slideshare.net's Best Presentation Contest 2009 sponsored by Adobe Acrobat 9. The international, online competition invited entrants to submit presentations in five specific categories. Since being posted on the Slideshare.net site in September along with nearly 3,000 other entrants, the presentation has been viewed by more than 5,000 people, receiving more thumbs-up votes than any other presentation in the contest.
The presentation was submitted by Joe Bannon, a 32-year employee of Elanco. In creating the presentation, Bannon focused on the United Nations projection that the world will need a 100 percent increase in food production by 2050 in order to feed 9 billion people. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, 70 percent of the increased production must be achieved through efficiency-enhancing agricultural technologies.
While the issue of world hunger is complex, the four-minute presentation focused on solutions that can help the world achieve an ultimate win through collaboration, choice and technology. The message conveys that just as technology is used to increase the quality of life in everything from healthcare to communication, it can also be used to help us produce an abundant, affordable and sustainable supply of food to meet the world's growing demand.
"While research supports that consumers trust farmers more than any other group within the food chain, all of us within the supply channel have a responsibility to share the facts about food production," Bannon said in remarks about why he chose to enter into the competition.
"In a world where nearly 1 billion people consistently do not get enough to eat, we cannot lose sight of the value that technology plays in providing a safe, abundant and affordable supply of food for individuals around the globe," Elanco president Jeff Simmons said. “It is rewarding to see Elanco employees embracing this message and sharing it in today's online conversation," he added.
Slideshare.net's World's Best Presentation Contest 2009 sponsored by Adobe Acrobat 9 is an annual competition that encourages businesses and individuals around the world to share their ideas while leveraging the power of digital presentations and social networking.