The report of the World Economic Forum’s report for 2017 about the food system’s future. Looks at how food systems around the world will look like in 2030. The four scenarios it suggests is particularly appealing.
To build a world in which everyone can eat healthy and not damaging the environment. We require better concepts, a dazzling imagination and the proper tools. The WEF report suggests four possible scenarios.
Unchecked consumption: excessive consumption of resources and trade-related trade causes environmental. Catastrophe as well as extreme global warming while corporations and rich nations continue to exploit resources around the world.
The most prosperous survive resources: consumption that is resource-intensive. With the limitation of trading and rights to intellectual property. Enlarge the gap between the rich and the people in need, while environmental challenges and climate change exacerbate.
Local is the new global the use of resources efficiently and the trading restrictions allow. Countries with abundant resources to sustain themselves and protect their environment. However, those with poor agriculture land are faced with a tough decision between consuming too much resources or risking starvation.
Open-Source Sustainability Food
Open-source sustainability, sustainable consumption and trade. That is strong help ensure food security while also helping to protect the natural environment. However, relying on food products from all over the world can mean. That local extreme weather as well as political or economic storms can affect everyone around the globe.
The report’s authors assert that the shift in demand towards efficiency or resource intensive. Consumption and market connectivity are two key uncertainty. That will affect whether food systems are able to sustainably and sustainably. Provide food for all the 8.5 billion people expected to live on the world by 2030.
The report emphasizes that all of its scenarios are feasible and are a winner and a loser. Even in the open source sustainability scenario such as the one described above. Individuals might not be able to pay the price tag of eco-friendly priced food. This may include the cost of regulating the quality of water and paying. Fair wages to employees, and improved animal well-being. However, it’s not clear if the scenarios are feasible; the idea of consuming less might not suffice.
Markets And Efficiency Food
The evidence is indisputable We are using more resources than Earth can replenish. Ayoind in order to sustain ourselves, we must reduce our consumption.
There are many reasons for why making use of resources more efficiently isn’t enough. Consider that the Earth as a pond for fish. In our pond, a every day a new fish hatches each day (a replenishing resource). However, if we consume 1.6 daily fish (just as we’re making use of 1.6 Earth’s worth of energy) then the time comes that the water will be depleted regardless of how well cooking, preserving, and consume the fish.
The improved production processes themselves don’t reduce the total consumption of resources. Consuming less is the best alternative. However, our systems and models of development are based on the assumption that consumption and economic growth are vital to living a happy living.
Can we truly change our eating habits and consumption patterns enough without rethinking the base? The suggestions in the report like consumer education, new marketing strategies or business models that are new have been test without much success.
Consumption Of Resources
The new world, second scenario of the WEF report, which assumes that the consumption of resources is characterize by a lack of market connectivity. In the words of the report it is able to avoid the risk of political and economic stressors that the connected markets of the Open-source sustainability model present.
However, it comes at cost. The report’s authors suggest that those who rely on imports will have difficulty feeding their populations without markets, and that innovations could be difficult to spread.
Does this make sense? Open knowledge and technology do not require markets to function and expand as Wikipedia and arXiv, which houses of more than a million scientific papers has proven. It’s also a matter about whether food can be consider an object of exchange or a resource that everyone is entitle to. In the end, everyone has to consume food.
The report does not offer examples of strong institutions which could limit the effects on market connections, for instance the danger of transnational corporations dominating the global food and seed markets.
Better Food Ideas
If the objective is healthy food and a healthy environment for all as well as the future generations and all other species, maybe we should consider more than just nutrition. One better goal could be food sovereignty, which is define by the Nyeleni Declaration as.
The right of all people to nutritious and culturally appropriate food that is produce using environmentally sustainable and sustainable practices and the right of each individual to decide on what they want to eat as well as their farming system.
To accomplish this it is necessary to cultivate food by using agroecology. This means, using the knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems to improve the way we conduct agriculture. Additionally regional food systems built on self-reliance and local currencies will permit fair trade, as well as ensure that the food supply is always available.
Degrowth, a term and a movement, is a strategy to make use of and reduce production in order to improve human health and improving environmental conditions. It may help us move away from excessive consumption and the need to grow by redefining happiness in a way that is social rather than individually.
What better way to relax and live the good living (or buen vivir) of cooking and dining with your loved ones and friends instead of battling to purchase the most expensive vehicle or the most expensive house?
Through open knowledge sharing instead of restrictive copyright and patents you can exchange anything from blueprints for 3D-printed agriculture tools to textbooks with open access that cover the fundamentals of sustainability and how cities can contribute to the creation of sustainable food systems that are not having to rely on market connectivity to help spread the idea of innovation.