What will be the greatest challenge to food production? (Growing…
What will be the greatest challenge to food production?
A higher demand for food production also means desertification and over production
Less plant species/variety
Food prices may rise
By 2030 general foods may double in price
Right now most people in first world/developed countries are already eating more than the recommended amount of calorie intakes
Although in the future we will need to produce even more food, we also need to look at cutting down on the demand for food, as obesity rates are quite high
This also raises questions such as: is there really not enough food to go around, or is it just not be distributed equally across the globe?
Some countries can't feed their populations at the moment, so in the future this will be a major struggle with over 9.7 billion people on the planet by 2050
Other impacts: climate change, losing natural fertilisers, water scarcity
1 in 7 people are hungry,
Developing countries are deprived of access to food storage and refrigeration, meaning 1/3 of food is wasted in these countries
In the developed world, 1/3 of food is wasted
We need to look at sustainably producing food and resources to count for a large population.
Cutting down on food wastage
Investing in small-scale farmers. Brazil decreased the number of people in poverty by 20 million between 2003-09. Because most of the hungry are involved in food production, by helping small-scale farmers produce food sustainably, hunger levels could decrease.
Running out of phosphate - natural fertiliser
20k children die of hunger each day
1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year
Australia alone produces enough food for 60 million people each year (almost 3 times more than needed) however 2.2 million Australians are living in poverty and 4 million tonnes of food is wasted each year
by 2050, climate change could reduce food production by 15% in Aus