Biodiversity to feed the world

Science on the Land

When people say that the world needs more food, often they’re quoting the United Nations’ (UN’s) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In 2012 FAO predicted that by the middle of this century, the world’s farmers will need to produce 60% more than they produced in 2005. Really?

Ten days ago I remarked that the FAO seemed more focused on food security than on food sovereignty. I’m not the first person to notice that there seems to be a kind of fight here where there needn’t be any fight. The answer, say some, lies in biodiversity. People know how to grow, forage, eat and use a great range of plants.

In fact FAO knows this, giving us the Cordoba Declaration in 2012. Right now we’re nearly halfway through the UN’s Decade of Biodiversity.

No fight, then. Food not fight.

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