National Geographic article addresses global food needs in 2050
Fifth, Foley argues for reducing waste. When it comes to waste, we are all familiar with the need to improve harvest techniques and storage techniques in the developing world. In addition to talking about that, Foley points out that “in rich countries most of that waste occurs in homes, restaurants, or supermarkets…. Consumers in the developed world could reduce waste by taking such simple steps as serving smaller portions, eating leftovers, and encouraging cafeterias, restaurants, and supermarkets to develop waste-reducing measures.” He then points out that “of all of the options for boosting food availability, tackling waste would be one of the most effective.”
“Taken together, these five steps could more than double the world’s food supplies and dramatically cut the environmental impact of agriculture worldwide. But it won’t be easy. These solutions require a big shift in thinking. For most of our history we have been blinded by the overzealous imperative of more, more, more in agriculture — clearing more land, growing more crops, using more resources. We need to find a balance between producing more food and sustaining the planet for future generations,” Foley writes.
In the next column we will look at the report, “Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate,” recently released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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