Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Ecological choices for future global food production (#journal)

Sustainable food production: constraints, challenges and choices by 2050

We have a large range of choices in the way future food demand might be met. Meeting this future food demand has frequently wrongly been articulated as a crisis of supply alone, but in fact the crisis can be avoided by the choices we make. The food security debate will be enriched by a rigorous evaluation of all these choices and recognition that the eventual solution will reside in a mixture of these choices. We could move to a paradigm where ecological sustainability constitutes the entry point for all agricultural development. Such a paradigm shift could reposition world food production from its current role as the world’s single largest driver of global environmental change, to becoming a critical part of a transition to respect the planet’s biophysical processes and functions.

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