Sustainability Part 2- To Eat or Not To Eat? That should not be the Question.

Climate change.


The way we farm is polluting the land and leaving millions of people hungry. 40 Million in 2017 to be exact. In an article by Fair World Project they state,

“The solution to both climate change and food sovereignty is to dismantle the global industrial agri-food system (which we call the industrial food chain) and for governments to give more space to the already growing and resilient ‘peasant food web’- the interlinked network of small scale farmers, livestock keepers, pastoralist, hunters and gathers, fishers and urban producers who, our research shows, already feeds most of the world.”

The industrial food chain uses over 75% of the world’s agricultural land and most of the fossil fuels and freshwater resources to feed about 30% of the world's population. Where as more than 500 million peasant farmers are using 25% of land, almost no fossil fuels or chemicals and feed 70% of the world population.

Over the last century the industrial food chain has cut genetic diversity by 75% and reduced nutritional value by 40%. It’s an industry that is too expensive, damages land and simply can not scale up. Peasant farmers on the other hand have introduced 2.1 million new plant varieties while having a proven track record of adapting to environmental changes with almost no support from governments.

We as consumers pay $7.5 trillion annually for industrial food where between one third to a half of the food is wasted due to spoilage in transport, grocer rejections and over serving on our plates. The overproduction of food is worth $3.8 trillion a year, a combination of $2.49 trillion in waste and $1.26 of over consumption.

The carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten is estimated at 4.4 gigatons of CO2. If it were it's only country is would be in third place behind the US and China.

We clearly make enough food to feed the world, in fact many countries that suffer from hunger often have food surpluses and/or export food abroad. What is standing in the way of access to food? Governments.

“Hunger is not caused by the scarcity of food but by the scarcity of democracy”

-Frances Moore Lappe