From the farm through production to retail, today’s food supply chain is truly a global system. Throughout the next year, QA will be looking at food from an international perspective. In this issue, we start at the source to take a look at farming around the world: the challenges being faced, the innovation being developed, and the downstream impact of it all.

To gain a perspective outside that of U.S.-based QA magazine, Editor Lisa Lupo joined with participants from around the globe at the Bayer-sponsored Future of Farming Dialog in Monheim, Germany, in September, from which this feature is primarily derived.