Fixing the Global Food System

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

The effects of the broken global food system can be felt across the world. Billions of people that are either underfed or overweight and the planet is being driven to climate catastrophe, say 130 national academies of science and medicine worldwide.

The given solution to the imbalance, according to the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), is to provide a healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly diet for all people.

However, this will require a radical transformation of the system and will depend on better farming methods, a minimized consumption of meat, and proper appreciation of nutritious rather than cheap.

It was also reported by the IAP that in poorer countries, meat, eggs, and dairy can be important in providing concentrated nutrients, particularly for children. Moreover, other produce from livestock, like leather, wool, manure, and more, should be taken into consideration.

The report suggests various actions that could help deliver the “whole-scale root and branch transformation” required to address the problems of the global food system.

These include crops that are more resilient to climate change, smarter crop rotation, soil protection, precier use of fertilizers and less use of pesticides. It also recommends innovation such as laboratory-grown meat and insect-based foods to provide for the population of the earth.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the food system failed to properly nourish billions of people while some are also classified as obese. The answer to this is a global effort in better farming to provide more for the people.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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