The UN predicts the global population could reach 10 billion by 2050. In order to meet demand, food production will need to go up by as much as 70%. Can the world meet this challenge in a sustainable manner that preserves and protects the environment? Especially if more and more will expect to adopt a so-called “Western lifestyle”, including eating more meat and having much greater choice and variety when it comes to the food they consume?
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What do our readers think? We had a comment come in from Christofer arguing that, in Europe at least, only intensive farming techniques can produce enough food to feed everyone: “Europe’s dense population depends on modern intensive farming techniques.” Is he right?
To get a response, we put Christofer’s comment to Annabelle Williams, Managing Director at the Rise Foundation, an independent foundation promoting sustainable European agriculture. What would she say?
For another perspective, we put the same comment to Simon Wancke, Vice President of the European Council of Young Farmers. How would he respond?
We also put the same comment to Mathias Vicherat, General Secretary of Danone, the global food & beverage company based in Paris. What would he say to Christofer?
Next up, we had a comment come in from Caroline, who says “We could feed 9 billion people today if we stopped food waste.” Is the issue not about producing more, but rather about wasting less?
How would Annabelle Williams from the Rise Foundation react?
What would Simon Wancke from the European Council of Young Farmers say to Caroline?
How would Mathias Vicherat from Danone respond?
Finally, we had a comment from Alexander, who doesn’t think monoculture and intensive farming is sustainable. He says he would like to see a move towards “intercropping, companion planting and food forestry” on a large scale.
If Alexander put that comment to Annabelle Williams from the Rise Foundation, how would she respond?
What would Simon Wancke from the European Council of Young Farmers say?
Last but not least, how would Mathias Vicherat from Danone respond?
Will farming need to change to feed the planet? Are intensive farming practices sustainable? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!
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