The global population will reach 8.5 billion by 2030, according to the UN. Making sure we can produce and distribute enough food to match the demand is already one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. To keep up with the ever-increasing needs of society, we need to rethink the way we approach the food industry.Of course, this change is necessary to tackle hunger, but it’s also about so much more. Our existing model of food production is doing terrible damage to the environment. According to the World Bank, food systems account for 70 per cent of freshwater use and consume 30 per cent of the world’s available energy, much of it in fossil fuels. Agriculture accounts for 20-30 per cent of global greenhouse emissions – a bitter irony as climate change threatens to reduce crop yields by 25 per cent or more. Agriculture is also the most significant driver of deforestation, with 13 million hectares lost each year. This contributes to climate change as well as causing loss of habitat and the resulting fall in biodiversity.Food production is so intertwined with health, energy consumption, the environment and education that we can’t address challenges in those areas without considering the global… Read full this story
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