By 2050, the world population is slated to reach 9 billion people (3). Nine BILLION people all looking to feed themselves. So, how do we feed the world?
Feeding Nine Billion Stomachs
This has been an ongoing question for numerous years and has been addressed by many people on a global scale. The largest global challenge that we face in the next 30 years is to sustain our health and well-being as the food supply diminishes (3).
As of now, many scholars are thinking of innovative ways to combat this global food crisis. For example, there is a video series on the most probable ways to solve global food insecurity, including: science and technology, better distribution of food, maintaining local farms, and having proactive government regulations and policies (1).
How Food Affects Our Planet
Working to find solutions to our upcoming food crisis is important, but we also need to keep in mind how our actions will affect other aspects of this planet. For example, many public figures state that we will need to double food production in order to feed the population (3). However, when food production increases, it exacerbates many existing problems such as climate change because of the inputs needed to increase production (3).
The Long and Hard Battle for Food Security
The bottom line is the fight for food security will be a long and hard battle (2). But if we can all come together and bring awareness to the current issues, and are mindful of our daily actions, we may be able to combat this growing problem and sustain our food supply for generations to come (1).
- Fraser, Evan.“1: Introducing solutions to the global food crisis.” Feeding9Billion. 2015.
- Fraser, Evan.“3: What policies Can Make Our Food System More Sustainable?”.
- Grafton, Quentin, and Erik Ansink. "Responding to Global Challenges in Food, Energy, Environment and Water: Risks and Options Assessment for Decision-Making." Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016, pp. 275-299.
Blog Post by: Lizl Bonifacio
Edited by: Evelyn Wong