World Food Forum
20
AUG
2015

In 2050, over 80% of the world’s population will live in cities. That means they will increase in size at the cost of agricultural land

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The quality of existing agricultural land will deteriorate, which makes alternative means of growing food vital. In order to solve food shortages, we have to increase the production of vegetables and fruit – which is not easy because of climate changes, plant diseases and a lack of agricultural land.

The main part of the earth is made up of water and only 1% of all water is sweet and used as drinking water. Worldwide, 780 million people lack clean drinking water. Because of population growth, climate change and water wastage, that deficit increases at worrying speed. It is therefore vital to find alternative sources of drinking water.

Currently, over 70% of the popular fish species in the oceans and seas is overfished. This will eliminate those species and our food supply will be at risk. Due to the rapid population growth and increasing demand for fish, the problems are only increasing.

Because of greenhouse gas emissions, the global temperature will rise over the next 100 years by 1.4 to 5.8 °C. It will be difficult for animals and plants to adapt to these changing circumstances, and this brings our future food production at risk.

The world population grows fastest in developing countries – in fact the areas were food is already scarce. That is why it is important for those countries to provide for their own food; a major challenge in areas suffering from much drought and with little knowledge of modern agriculture.

Nutrition and health are closely linked. For example, we need fruit and vegetables for proper development and health. There are also foods and supplements that contribute an extra bit to our mental and physical condition

 

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