How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050? That question is becoming mainstream in agriculture, yet it’s something most youth have never considered.
That is why industry experts and educators collaborated to create Farmers 2050 – the newest virtual farm game on the market – to help teens and adults understand what it really takes to feed the world.
Droughts occur, mortgage payments come due and farm chores never stop.
Players get to plant crops, raise animals and craft goods to sell in a virtual community all the while managing the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economic and social. Along the way, real farmers from across the world are showing the players what they are actually doing on their farms.
Farmers 2050 started in schools as a curriculum-based program called Journey 2050. Both programs teach agriculture using game-based technology. As students explore world food sustainability they make inquiry-based decisions to see the ripple effect on local and global sustainability.
The number one question the students ask after going through Journey 2050 is, ‘Can I download and play this game at home?’ The reality of a school program is there are bell schedules so the game has timers and a limited number of commodities. As a result, Farmers 2050 was created so students could play at home and continue learning about sustainable agriculture.
Farmers 2050 is a unique game that combines reality with virtual reality.
Download and play Farmers 2050 for free on iTunes and Google Play. There are no advertisements or in-app purchases.
Journey 2050 (School Edition) and Farmers 2050 (Home Edition) are free education programs supported by Agrium, Crop Production Services, Calgary Stampede, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, 4-H Canada, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, National Agriculture in the Classroom (USA), Nutrients for Life (Canada and USA) and Ag for Life.