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 do the following: 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.

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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.

 

 

 

Resources:

 http://3blmedia.com/News/Campaign/Sealed-Air-Food-Security-and-Safety

 http://www.wri.org/publication/creating-sustainable-food-future-interim-findings

 http://www.wri.org/blog/2013/12/global-food-challenge-explained-18-graphics

 

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4 responses to “Solutions for a Sustainable Future in Food

  1. Just wondering if you could expand on how generating benefits for women would help lead us to a more sustainable future in food production. Does it relate to the idea of educating women in order to reduce birth rates around the world?

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    • kennedyroddy

      Sub-Sahara Africa is the only region moving away rather than towards reaching replacement level fertility, which is roughly 2.1 children per woman in each country. Authors of ‘Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Interim Findings’ express that fertility rates fall when girls have access to education and when women have access to reproductive health services. Ultimately, if sub-Sahara Africa is able to reach replacement level fertility, the authors claim that the global food gap would decrease by 9% and it would reduce this regions’ own personal food gap by 25%.

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  2. Do you think we could close the food gap? If so what should be the first step in doing so? I enjoyed your article, very interesting points and topics.

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    • kennedyroddy

      Unfortunately, I do not think that it is possible to completely close the food gap. There is a multitude of actions that need to be taken to begin closing the food gap. I would say that it would be most crucial to begin with educating globally while reaching replacement level fertility among nations so that we can at least decrease rising population and install awareness.

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