The challenge of global food sustainability

UNSPECIFIED (2011) The challenge of global food sustainability. Food Policy (Supplement 1), 36. S1-S2.

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The demand for food is forecast to grow by at least 50% over the next four decades, driven by population growth and rising affluence in many of the same regions whose populations are growing the most. With the continued competition for land, this means that the productivity per unit of land area similarly needs to grow to ensure adequate food supplies, but this needs to be achieved against a background of climate change, and the realisation that food production is itself a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of biodiversity. Even today there is a significant proportion of the world’s people who are malnourished or even starving, and as the demand for food increases, there is a risk that food distribution could become even more unequal.The reviews in this edition were commissioned as part of the UK’s Government Office for Science Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures, which will report in early 2011.1 The project addresses the threefold challenge of feeding a future global population of 9 billion people in ways which are sustainable and equitable [1]. The reviews in this edition focus on issues other than production per se. They have contributed towards the evidence base which underlies the exploration of the policy options to address these challenges, and the authors are drawn from a broad range of disciplines.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Sandhya Gir
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2011 22:49
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2011 22:49
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