Huge Food Shortages Forecast (And What You Can Do To Fix It)

The current global population is 7.2 billion (Americaís now surpassing 300 million), and is predicted to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.

The demands that will be placed on farming and agriculture during that time will become too extreme, given that weíre already currently struggling to meet food demands. In fact, itís predicted that by 2050 global agriculture production needs to increase by 60-110% to provide food security.

But new research from the University of Minnesota, published in PLOS ONE, has found that global crop yields are not increasing at a rate fast enough to meet the booming global food demand.

These findings support the UNís prediction that there will be 250 million environmental refugees searching for food by 2050. And itís the next generation who are going to get the full effects of it, unless we do something about it today.

The study looked at agriculture statistics from across the world, and found that yields of four key crops- maize, rice, wheat and soybean- will only increase by 38-67% by 2050.

“Clearly, the world faces a looming agricultural crisis, with yield increases insufficient to keep up with projected demands,” says Jon Foley, Institute on the Environment director and study co-author. Furthermore, the top three countries producing rice and wheat have the lowest increase in crop yields. And in some countries the crop yields are even declining.

Lead author Deepak Ray told PLOS ONE, “Particularly troubling are places where population and food production trajectories are at substantial odds. For example in Guatemala, where the corn-dependent population is growing at the same time corn production is declining.”

The Good News

Despite the current food forecast, weíre still pretty lucky because weíve been given a head start. Weíve got the data. Weíve got the knowledge in the here and now. We know that unless we become more resourceful, the future we create for our children and our childrenís children will be very dire.

And the good news is itís never too late to make amends:

Spread the word to minimize food demand

We need to raise awareness about the food shortage issue. The aim is to boost current crop yields through better use of current arable lands and best management practices. We absolutely donít want to clear more land for crops, given that the expansion of agriculture accounts for 90% of deforestation each year, worldwide.

Reduce food waste footprint

40% of food produced never makes it to anyoneís plate, despite America producing twice as much food necessary to feed each person each year. If we can better use this food, then less needs to be produced.

Go meat-free

If you havenít already, consider a diet thatís not high in red-meat. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization states livestock†is currently ďone of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.Ē

In fact, consuming a protein rich diet from eating animals uses 20 times more water than a vegetarian diet does.

And letís not forget the bad health impacts of eating red meat excessively.

Or why not give Meat-Free Mondays a try. Itís a growing movement that encourages us to go vegetarian on Mondays at least, and is supported by the likes of Paul McCartney (founder) and Gwyneth Paltrow.

 

123 comments

Jerome S
Jerome S20 days ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S20 days ago

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Jim Ven
Jim V20 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim Ven
Jim V20 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Kathy Saunders
K S3 years ago

Sharing is good

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Shalvah Landy
Past Member 3 years ago

Round and round not saying the real solution-incentive to reduce births!!!

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Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Ruth R.
Ruth R4 years ago

We as people, would do well to offer indoor plant lights, heirloom food seeds, organic gardening soil, gardening and saving seed instructions and/or lessons, and some kind of container to grow the food in.

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Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

noted

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