Solutions for a Sustainable Future in Food
It is no hidden truth that the world’s population is increasing exponentially, inevitably causing higher food demands for our future. As the need for more food rises with population, developing solutions for sustainable food practices is more crucial than ever as growth occurs continuously. Luckily, with the advancement of technology along with ongoing research in sustainability, potential solutions are being crafted. However, the even larger question at rest is how we will manage to feed a population of nearly 9.6 billion people by 2050 while maintaining environmentally sustainable practices. We will explore potential answers to this question as we take a look at what others believe in terms of sustainable solutions for the years to come.
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In Creating a Sustainable Food Future, authors believe that in order for their proposed solutions to succeed, they must meet the following five principles: advancing rural development, generating benefits for women, protecting ecosystems, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and avoiding overuse and pollution of freshwater. Furthermore, in relation to these principles, the solutions within the World Resources Report aim to: 1. Close the current food gap by reducing food consumption 2. Close the food gap by increasing food production on existing agricultural land, and 3. Lessen environmental impacts of food productions associated with greenhouse gas emissions.
In another blog attached to the World Resources Institutes blog series, Creating a Sustainable Future, author Janet Ranganathan lays out a list of solutions that she believes are impactful to achieve sustainability goals in our future:
- Reduce Food Loss and Waste
- Shift to Healthier Diets
- Achieve Replacement Level Fertility
- Boost Crop Yields
- Improve Land and Water Management
- Shift Agriculture to Degraded Lands
- Increase Aquaculture’s Productivity
- Closing the Food Gap
By examining this list and comparing it to the solutions mentioned in the previous blog post, there are evident overlaps among the potential solutions. In conclusion, it is evident that the act of sharing knowledge and spreading information about future sustainable food solutions will help our world move in the right direction in terms of achieving sustainability by 2050.
With the prior information at hand, it seems as if there is a consensus among authors about the steps our world must take in order to accommodate increasing populations and food consumption. The sharing and blending of ideas is clearly evident based off of the blog posts we have already examined, inferring that the conjoining of information can lead to extraordinary findings. It is clear that there is no one solution that will produce sustainable food production for our futures, but rather a multitude of actions will have to be set in place in order for our world to achieve its food goals sustainably.