Monday, 17 April, 2023
A growing body of evidence shows that large changes to food production and consumption are needed to feed 10 billion people by 2050 while halting and reversing ecosystem and biodiversity loss, safeguarding freshwater and soils, and keeping global warming below 1.5°C. The Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) published its flagship report Growing Better in 2019 which demonstrated how this better future is possible. Consumption shifts, like reducing food loss and waste and shifting to healthy and sustainable diets, can reduce agriculture’s resource demands and environmental impacts. But significant changes to food production are also needed, including halting deforestation, scaling up current best practices, improving soil and water management, and developing and deploying new technologies to enhance food and nutrition security, economic development, and environmental goals without exceeding the Earth’s planetary boundaries.