Increasing demand and urbanisation challenge global food systems

Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition in Asia

NEW YORK (Sep2t 6, 2012, AlertNet) — With most of the world’s arable land already in use, more efficient and sustainable methods of food production that provide higher yields are essential to feed an increasingly urban global population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, humanitarian news service Alertnet has reported. “The way we produce food now is literally unsustainable,” the report quoted Charles Godfray, professor of zoology and director of the Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford, as saying. Moreover, the way we consume food is also unsustainable in a world where there are not only more people but more affluent people demanding a higher quality diet, he said in the report. “It is impossible for the world to have a Western diet,” particularly when it comes to increased meat consumption, he added. Alertnet said Godfray was among the speakers on…

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