Global food system must be transformed 'on industrial revolution scale'

Source: guardian.co.uk

The existing food system fails half the people on the planet, and needs radical change if world is to feed itself, report warn.

 


The world will not be able to feed itself without destroying the planet unless a transformation on the scale of the industrial revolution takes place, a major government report has concluded.

The existing food system is failing half of the people on Earth, the report finds, with 1 billion going hungry, 1 billion lacking crucial vitamins and minerals from their diet and another billion "substantially overconsuming", leading to obesity epidemics. Stresses on the food system are reflected in price spikes but the cost of food will rise sharply in coming decades, the report adds, which will increase the risk of conflict and migration.

"The global food system is spectacularly bad at tackling hunger or at holding itself to account," said Lawrence Haddad, director of the Institute of Development Studies and an author of the Global Food and Farming Futures report. An expanding world population combined with the need to stop over-exploiting natural resources such as soil and water means there is a compelling case for urgent action, the report states. Food is responsible for up to 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

"We need to act now," said Caroline Spelman, the secretary of state for environment, food and ..., whose department co-commissioned the report from the government's futures thinktank Foresight. "Farmers have to grow more food at less cost to the environment."  More...

 

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Comment by Aaron McLoughlin on January 27, 2011 at 2:44pm
Comment by Aaron McLoughlin on January 27, 2011 at 2:33pm

Great article and I would have to ask  Caroline Spelman, the secretary of state for environment, food and ... : if it is so important to grow food now, why is it that the American Govt are pulling up home grown food crops in many states? Why is that the same govt are shutting down or harassing organic growers and their markets... Oh that's right, it is because you want the growing to be done by massive enterprises who rely completely upon corporate seed. 

Quote from Monsanto website:


"If there were one word to explain what Monsanto is about, it would have to be farmers.

Billions of people depend upon what farmers do. And so will billions more. In the next few decades, farmers will have to grow as much food as they have in the past 10,000 years – combined. 

It is our purpose to work alongside farmers to do exactly that.

To produce more food.

To produce more with less, conserving resources like soil and water.

And to improve lives.

We do this by selling seeds, traits developed through biotechnology, and crop protection chemicals."

 

Oh please... the ruse is almost over... it is a no brainer what has to be done... the comercial question will always be: By Whom will it be done and for what profit?

 

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