We have a rapidly growing population. In the last 200 years, we have gone globally from 1 billion to 7.7 billion people. We continue to expect an annual growth of 82 million people, anticipating 8.5 billion people by 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050. That is a lot of impact on the planet and its resources and a lot of mouths to feed.
Some facts to consider:
- 55 percent of the freshwater supply in the U.S. goes to raising animals.
- The average person in the US eats close to 2,000 pounds of food each year.
- 30 percent of food is wasted globally across the supply chain, contributing 8 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions (40% in the US).
This FOOD AND AGRICULTURE section is organized so that you can digest information in small bites. There is a lot to learn and a lot of decisions and choices to be made. In FOOD there is help for individuals, restaurants, and organizations to better understand the changing landscape so that they can make decisions that help with climate change.
In AGRICULTURE the focus is on the greater issues, such as the effects of deforestation and industrial farming, as well as some of the nuances which affect the decisions of those who provide food for us: the farmers, ranchers and fishermen.