The global population continues to grow and the demand for food will rise significantly as a result. Due to increasing prosperity, the consumption of animal products increases. And within the near future it is expected that the total demand for plant-based food and feed will exceed the bounds of feasibility. The world will have to close a gap of 56% between the amount of food available today and that required by 2050. It must reduce agriculture’s impact on climate, ecosystems and water. And it needs to ensure that agriculture supports inclusive economic and social development.
The growing scarcity of fresh water and minerals threatens the global production of primary products. Due to accelerating climate effects, available farmland and agricultural yields are threatened, leading to unstable global production volumes. Consequently, governments and businesses spurred by political and economic concerns are attempting to secure available resources, which inevitably increases the pressure on food availability and possibly worsens the forthcoming gap.
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