HUNGRY FOR CHANGE —— Are companies driving a sustainable food system?
Food is a critical environmental, social, and economic issue that impacts human, ecosystem and planetary health, social and economic equality and prosperity, urban sustainability and human migration in every region of the world.
As the global population has grown, so has the demand for food, and the subsequent staggering expansion of agriculture has transformed habitats worldwide and caused significant rates of land and freshwater use. This has contributed to increasing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, loss of natural ecosystems particularly through deforestation (also a major driver of food system emissions), increasing water scarcity and pollution and declining biodiversity.
Our world is facing an unprecedented challenge: sustainably and healthily feeding a projected global population of 10 billion people in 2050 while reducing deforestation, cutting GHG emissions and ensuring water security. Yet alongside this challenge there is a remarkable opportunity to transform our food and land use systems such that they play a key part in the delivery of needed emission reductions and better health through nutritious diets for all, while significantly improving food security. There is also a significant opportunity for agriculture to proactively contribute to reforestation and afforestation, which through early action can deliver short term emissions reductions and significantly improve habitat and biodiversity through better agroforestry practices.