Fix the broken food system in three steps

Schmidt-Traub G, Obersteiner M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6981-2769, & Mosnier A (2019). Fix the broken food system in three steps. Nature 569: 181-183. DOI:10.1038/d41586-019-01420-2.

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Abstract

Land use and food production are not meeting people’s needs1. Agriculture destroys forests and biodiversity, squanders water and releases one-quarter of global greenhouse-gas emissions. Yet one-third of food is wasted, 800 million people remain undernourished, 2 billion are deficient in micronutrients, and obesity is on the rise. These figures will worsen as the planet warms, soils degrade and the global population grows, urbanizes and consumes more.

Threats to agriculture, climate and health are entwined. Yet policies treat each in isolation and are misaligned. National strategies for mitigating climate change pay scant attention to biodiversity and food security. The European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy includes steps to reduce emissions from livestock and fertilizers, for example, but offers no way of improving diets.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 08 May 2019 21:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 14:32
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15900

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