How To Feed 10 Billion People
When discussing the rising population and it’s future food supply there’s always a misconception that we’ll run out.
The truth is there’s actually more than enough food for everyone. The real question is how do we feed all these people without causing more damage to the planet.
But first, let’s slow down and dive a little deeper. Usual solutions to solving world hunger are all centred around simply increasing our food producing output. More food, less hunger right?
Not quite. Between the farm to your table, amongst transportation, processing, selling and preparing, one third of that food is wasted.
Leading to 1.3 billion tonnes of perfectly edible food being thrown away every year. Making the worlds food security a problem of efficiency, not quantity.
Clementine O’Connor, Sustainable Food Systems Programme Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) explains that, “There is no point in solving a problem while creating another one–producing more food only to waste it.”
So what now? Well, we need to understand the food system as a whole and seek to improve each component so it is both sustainable and efficient. Below are some examples.
1) Eating Less Meat:
The consumption and cultivation of animal agriculture is very resource intensive. From water, land and crops, attempting to provide adequate amounts of meat to the world without destroying the planet is a tough task.
2) Go Plant Based:
Alternatively, a plant based diet may hold the answer to the question. Veggies strengthen our health, reduce carbon emissions and are more likely to be efficiently sourced.
3) Not wasting food:
Our eyes are often bigger than our stomach. Unfortunately buying more than we need leads to food being thrown out. So it’s important to take our consumption behaviours with a grain of salt and only buy what you need.
4) Growing Our Own Food:
By growing our own food we not only ensure we have a steady source of nutrition but also a resilient food system that can adapt towards any issues that might affect the worlds food system. It’s also great for a low budget option.
Overall the question should shift from will we have enough food for the growing population? to Can we properly distribute the food we have to all the people in the world?