How to feed the world without destroying it conference


Can We Feed the world without increasing emissions?

World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that it is possible – but there is no silver bullet. Participants will discuss a five-course menu of solutions to ensure we can feed everyone without increasing emissions, fueling deforestation or exacerbating poverty.

Who is behind creating a sustainable food future?

Creating a Sustainable Food Future has been produced by World Resources Institute in partnership with the World Bank, UN Environment, UN Development Programme, and the French agricultural research agencies CIRAD and INRA. Like this slideshow? Why not share!

Is there a pathway to a sustainable food future?

“There is a pathway to achieve this but the challenge is even bigger than any of us thought,” said Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and co-author of “ Creating A Sustainable Food Future: Final Report .” Agriculture already uses almost half of the world’s vegetated land.

How can we solve the world’s food waste problem?

• Dramatically reduce the estimated one-third of food that is lost or wasted. From scaling up solar-powered cold-storage units on farms, to using natural compounds that inhibit bacterial growth and retain water in the fruit in order to extend shelf life at retail stores, improvements can be made all along the supply chain.


How do I feed the planet without destroying it?

How to feed the world without destroying the planetDramatically reduce the estimated one-third of food that is lost or wasted. … Shift the diets of high-meat consumers toward plant-based foods. … Boost crop yields and dramatically increase the output of milk and meat. … Improve wild fisheries management and aquaculture.

How do you feed the world without destroying it the guardian?

In his book Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, Monbiot argues we need to pursue revolutionary ways of getting our sustenance. He argues that by using a method called precision fermentation, where proteins and fats are produced in breweries, we could feed the world and save our soils.

Is farming killing the planet?

Factory farming intensifies climate change, releasing vast volumes of greenhouse gases. Factory farming is fuelling climate change, releasing vast quantities of carbon dioxide and methane. We now know that man-made climate change is real and that it poses a great threat to the planet and its inhabitants.

Do we have enough resources to feed the world?

The world’s farmers produce enough food to feed 1.5x the global population. That’s enough to feed 10 billion (we are at 7.6 billion currently). Despite this excess, hunger still exists.

What should be done to feed the growing population of the earth?

Here are five of the most universal of the proposals:Reduce Food Waste. An estimated one-third of all food produced is wasted from farm to home. … Shift Diets to More Plant-Based Foods. … Super Boost Crop Yields. … Look to the Seas for More Food. … Use an Agroecological Approach to Food Production.

How does the current global food system aggravate pollution on the planet?

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), also known as factory farms, result in excess animal waste that pollutes soil, water and air. These methods of food production use finite resources without replenishing them.

What is the health problem due to the change in the way we ate?

The modern western way of eating is also making very large numbers of people fat and sick as other parts of the world adopt it. Diet-related diseases now cause roughly 11 million deaths a year as preventable cancers, heart disease and strokes, obesity and diabetes have spread along with our way of eating.

How can we prevent more land from being used for agriculture?

To prevent more land from being used for agriculture will need major improvements in feed quality and grazing management. It also requires finding ways to get more than one crop harvest per year, which in turn will require better crop breeding techniques.

How many solutions does Waite propose?

The “everything” Waite referred to are 22 solutions detailed in the 565 page report, all of which need to be implemented to some degree, depending on the country and region. Here are a few of the proposed solutions:

How does agroecology mimic nature?

Agroecology mimics nature, replacing the external inputs like chemical fertilizer with knowledge of how a combination of plants, trees, and animals can enhance the productivity of land.

How many people will be in the world in 2050?

The world’s population will hit 10 billion in 2050. A new report offers solutions for how more food can be grown sustainably. Ensuring healthy diets for an expected global population of nearly 10 billion people in 2050, while at the same time improving the world those people live in, will require sweeping changes to farming and how we produce food, …

How much of the world’s land is used by agriculture?

Agriculture already uses almost half of the world’s vegetated land. It consumes 90 percent of all the water used by humanity and generates one-quarter of the annual global emissions that are causing global warming. And yet of the seven billion people living today, 820 million are undernourished because they don’t have access to—or can’t afford—an adequate diet.

Does the WRI report mention agroecological approach?

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), among others, endorse a so-called agroecological approach to food production, but the W RI report doesn’t mention it, Herren said in an interview.

Why do food and agriculture institutions repeat the scarcity mantra all the same?

But the mainstream food and agriculture institutions repeat the scarcity mantra all the same because they have no alternative (and are financially dependent on) a capitalist food system.

Why does the price of commodities drop?

First, the price of commodities drops because the market gets saturated. Second, firms expand, either by finding new markets or driving competitors out of existing markets, which in turn leads to monopolization.

Can we change one food system without changing the other?

That system is capitalism and it has co-evolved with our food system, so clearly we can’t change one without changing the other. The good news is that the food system has always been a pivotal pillar in capitalism, so if we can push systemic changes within the food system, it will influence the rest of the system.


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