Revolution needed in food system that fails half the planet

25 January, 2011 by (comments)

A major new UK government report has called for a radical overhaul of the world food system – because it is currently failing half of the people on the planet.

With one billion people hungry, another one billion undernourished and a further one billion “substantially” over-consuming, the Global Food and Farming Futures report recommends a push for “sustainable intensification” of food production in the developing world.

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Written by Lawrence Haddad (pictured) of the UK’s Institute of Development Studies, the report also says that tackling food waste in rich countries is crucial, that organic agriculture is not the sole answer to feeding an extra two billion people by 2050, and also there is a role for new technologies such as genetically-modified crops and cloned livestock.

Follow this link to analysis in The Guardian newspaper.

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