The Foresight project ‘Global Food and Farming Futures’ has examined how a rapidly expanding global population can be fed in a healthy and sustainable way. Multiple threats are converging on the food system, including changes in the climate, competition for resources such as water supply and energy, and changing consumption patterns provide considerable challenges to sustaining the world’s food supply.
Professor Sir John Beddington, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and head of the Foresight programme, said:
‘The Foresight study shows that the food system is already failing in at least two ways. Firstly, it is unsustainable, with resources being used faster than they can be naturally replenished. Secondly, a billion people are going hungry with another billion people suffering from “hidden hunger”, whilst a billion people are over-consuming.
‘The project has helped to identify a wide range of possible actions that can meet the challenges facing food and farming, both now and in...
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