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Ultimately, we need a global food system that offers healthy fare to everyone: with improved food security, and without damaging the planet.

Yet the evolving food situation is becoming increasingly serious. Today nearly one billion people are still hungry across the world.

Overconsumption and overpopulation are big issues, especially as mankind’s numbers are estimated to swell to nine billion by 2050. Food production needs to rise dramatically as our global demographics evolve.

More than four decades ago, the “Green Revolution” introduced modern fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides to farming. Yet increased crop yields and technologies that came online back then have largely played themselves out. Today yields can no longer keep up. We’ve also plateaued in the productivity of major staples.

In the years ahead, food production needs to be smarter. Mankind needs to support innovation in farming, and use the latest science, technology and policies, where they are needed most – in emerging economies (as well as support innovation in farming).

The amount of food wasted around the world is staggering; every year a third of all that we produce is wasted. This could be used to feed the world’s growing population. We should consider all the land, water, fertiliser and labour that are wasted as well.

Keeping food fresher for longer and using technology along our supply chains is part of the solution. Ultimately mankind needs to value what it grows and rears a lot more.

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