by Marion Nestle
Jan 4 2019
Weekend reading: A view of how to feed the world sustainably
The World Resources Institute has a new report on how to feed the world in a way that is sustainable.
The report is based on the premise that 56% more food will be needed by 2050. Given that premise, the unavailability of more land on which to grow food, and the need to mitigate greenhouse gases, the report recommends (among other things) increasing the efficiency of production and managing demand.
I’d like to see some careful evaluations of the basic premise of this report as well as its recommendations, which seem to place a large burden on individuals rather than governments or corporations. The word “corporation” does not appear in the report; food companies come up only in the context of food waste (a non-controversial issue):
- The full report is here.
- The working papers for each of its recommendations are here.
- The charts are summarized here.