Sponsored Satellite Program: Eating to Protect Our Health and Our Planet
Creating a Sustainable Food Future: A Menu of Solutions to Feed Nearly 10 Billion People by 2050 (Sponsored Satellite Program)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
8:35 AM – 8:55 AM EDT
As the global population grows toward 10 billion in 2050, and incomes grow across the developing world, overall food demand is on course to increase by more than 50 percent relative to 2010, and demand for animal-based foods by nearly 70 percent. Feeding 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, then, requires closing three gaps:
• A 56 percent food gap between crop calories produced in 2010 and those needed in 2050 under “business as usual” growth; • A 593 million-hectare land gap (an area nearly twice the size of India) between global agricultural land area in 2010 and expected agricultural expansion by 2050; and • An 11-gigaton GHG mitigation gap between expected agricultural emissions in 2050 and the target level needed to hold global warming below 2oC (3.6°F), the level necessary for preventing the worst climate impacts.
There is no silver bullet to close these gaps. WRI’s research has identified 22 solutions that need to be simultaneously applied to close these gaps. The relative importance of each solution varies from country to country. This presentation will summarize the solutions organized into a five-course menu: (1) reduce growth in demand for food and other agricultural products; (2) increase food production without expanding agricultural land; (3) protect and restore natural ecosystems; (4) increase fish supply; and (5) reduce GHG emissions from agricultural production.
You can consult the WRI report her: https://wrr-food.wri.org/
Describe challenges to sustainably feeding the global population in 2050.
Discuss approaches that can be used to sustainably feed the global population.
Identify examples of how to close the food gaps, while holding the line of agricultural land expansion and meeting the Paris Agreement Climate Target.