Did You Know? Food and the Future Edition

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The global population is predicted to reach 9 billion in 2050. [1]

Some say that in order to meet the needs of feeding this increase in population, we’ll need to double our current food production. [2]

The average American eats about 688 lbs. of fruits and vegetables annually. [3]

Others claim that the problem with food production isn’t how much we produce. According to some researchers, we’re already producing more than 1.5 times what we need to feed the planet. The problem is that most grain crops go to biofuels and animal feedlots. [4]

Hmm, maybe your kid brother was onto something. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization thinks that one of the foods of the future might just be . . . bugs. Insects provide protein, zinc, iron and Vitamin A, and are easy on the earth. [5]

For 45 years, the Rodale Institute has been studying how organic farming will hold up in a world of climate change. They found that organic farms outperform conventional in drought and environmental distress. [6]

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food suggests that locally-based, low-carbon “resource-preserving type of agriculture” will benefit the poorest farmers in the world’s most at-risk communities. [7]

The American Farmland Trust estimates that, worldwide, we are losing 2 acres of farmland every minute. In the United States alone, we’ve lost 23 million acres of agricultural land to development in the last 25 years. [8]

According to the EPA, 60% of farmers in the U.S are 55 or older. And, for every one farmer and rancher under the age of 25, there are five who are 75 or older. [9]

Young farmers who do want to start their own farms struggle with access to land and capital – and a 2011 survey from the National Young Farmers Coalitions shows that they have different aspirations than their predecessors: they want small-scale organic operations. [10]


One response to “Did You Know? Food and the Future Edition

  1. Reblogged this on As Above, So Below and commented:
    Interesting…To-date most farmers are nearing retirement and the majority of youth are only interested in small farms. Are we the generation becoming dependent on Corporate Farms to feed the world? Monsanto is counting on it.

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