“The agriculture and food industry has an important role to play”
Lise Walbom, CEO of Food Nation Denmark, stated that the agriculture and food industry has an important role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Walbom emphasized that one of the biggest challenges of the humanity in 21st century is to produce enough food for the growing world population. Walbom continued his words as follows:
“Humanity will produce in the next 40 years as much food as it has produced in 8 thousand years. Today, 800 million people are starving. By 2050, the world population will be 9 billion and the demand for food will rise. In order to neutralize hunger, food must be produced in the next 40 years as much as in the last 8 thousand years. Therefore, we must act responsibly in food production and consumption. Sustainability and environmental pollution criteria should be considered in production. In consumption, we must reduce food loss and waste by 30 to 40 percent.”
“According to data of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one third of the food in the world, 1.6 billion tons, is wasted. The numerical equivalent of this is 1.2 trillion dollars. In addition, 1.6 billion tons of food production causes 8 percent of global CO2 emissions,” Walbom noted.
“In other words, if food waste were one country, it would be the third most greenhouse gas-producing country in the world. From this point of view, prevention of food waste plays an important role in combating the climate crisis,” Walbom added…