Scary Facts About Food Security & Climate Change + Infographics

What are we doing to help our world food situation?

Something is wrong when almost 1 billion people in the world are undernourished and more than 1.4 billion adults are overweight!

We waste 1/3 of all our food; our food system has gone terribly wrong.

It is even more frightening when I realize the world’s need for food is rapidly increasing while climate change is endangering food production.

I am not an economist advising world leaders on policy.

I am a consumer and advocate, all I can do is control my own little world and encourage others to do the same.

These are the steps I take to insure my own food safety and those of our children. Do you practice any other food safety steps?  Before reading on, check out the infographic below for some startling facts about food production and what that means for us globally.



1.  I don’t eat any junk or processed food in packages.

Related: Are Food Cravings & Addictions Ruling You?

2.  I grow or pick my own food in season and buy locally whenever possible.

  • Much of the food we import for our grocery stores comes from countries where people are starving.
  • Food transportation uses up valuable resources.
  • Buy local from Farmer’s Markets. They are healthy for the world and joyful!
  • Everyone has experienced how much better local food tastes and many more nutrients it gives.

3.  I eat organic and NON GMO

Large commercial and high tech solutions from companies like Monsanto have been promising higher food production for decades but many of these strategies have:

  • Ruined the health of the land.
  • Eroded our rights to freedom of choice.
  • Left us with uncertain personal health futures.

4. I Promote A Plant Based Diet – Less Meat Consumption

From the graph you will see that meet usage in rapidly increasing when ideally, it should be decreasing.

  • Meat production displaces trees, grasses and other year-round plants which absorb CO2 and capture carbon – exactly what the world needs. Read Nice Cow – Baaad Cow Effects
  • Meat production uses up and pollutes tremendous amounts of water, a scarce and diminishing resource – up to 1,500 gallons for one pound of beef.

5.  I Don’t Waste

With 1/3 of world food production going to waste I do my part on the post production level. Learn more about The Deadly Consequences of Our Eating Habits

  • I’m probably closer to the Asian and African yearly average of 13-24 pounds thrown out as opposed to the North American and Europe average of 200 pounds.
  • This includes not overbuying, and recycling or composting whenever possible.

5.  I Teach On-line Health Classes on All the Above.

People who are concerned about their own personal health tend to also have more awareness of the health of others and the planet.

At Real Food for Life we provide in depth information and free webinars on many health topics like the above and I also teach people to cook health balancing meals (using healthy whole foods instead of sugar and chemicals) which are:

Any more ideas? What do you feel when you read these infographics?

Co-authored with Randy Fritz

Infographic Credit: CGIAR


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Brett Byers
Brett Byers3 years ago

Stop 1000 tons of CO2 emissions by saving acres of threatened rainforest for the cost of a coffee:

Jessica K.
Jessica K3 years ago

Well, this essay seems like the backstory to Soylent Green. There's so much debate as to what to do that I think people are paralyzed. Vegan or local beef/fish? Organic local milk or corporate soy milk?

That being said, the infographic to me is a little misleading. It seems to imply that certain people are hogging up all the nutrition (obese people) at the expense of those undernourished. If one eats a processed food diet, they could conceivably be in both of these categories at the same time. Not to mention, in many areas food distribution is a tool for war. You destroy your enemies' crops, or withhold distributing staples to them. This adds to the starvation quota, which would be somewhat mitigated if people just stopped bombing and burning people's crops and handed out the food entrusted to them to begin with. Happy Earth Day and thanks.

Alina Kanaski
Alina Kanaski3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Monika Ka
Monika K3 years ago

Thank you.

C Evelyn
C Evelyn3 years ago

Great infographic, what's missing is the amount of water it takes to produce food in the climate change cycle. Most people don't know e.g it takes almost 700 gallons of water to produce one cheeseburger.
Here's a simple graphic of how much it takes to produce a cheeseburger:

John S.
Past Member 3 years ago

I give up, what is recycling food, It's eaten or thrown out. But if you want to resolve the problems, it's all about the transport of food. That is why Monsanto probably has increased yields in the sense the product (tasteless as it is) at least makes it to market.

Anne K.
Anne K3 years ago

Thank you!

Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago


Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez3 years ago