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Feeding a Hungry Planet
Transcript of Feeding a Hungry Planet
M.S. Student, Animal Biology
University of California, Davis
California produces nearly half of US fruits, nuts, and vegetables and over 20% US milk.
California's Central Valley is the epicenter of US agriculture.
By 2050, the global population will increase to 9.3 billion people
Everyday, 11 million people in the US and 1 billion people globally go to bed without enough food.
4 million Californian's, or the population of Los Angeles, experience food insecurity.
As much as 30% of food produced in the US does not reach the consumer.
Nearly 7% is left unharvested.
US households waste 25% of food purchased.
While 10% goes to waste in grocery stores.
In California and the US food insecurity has reached record highs.
The amount of arable land for crop and animal production is limited.
China and India are countries dealing with high rates of population growth and low agricultural production efficiencies.
Food insecurity will only continue to rise unless we can improve agricultural productivity around the world.
While food insecurity is a major issue in the US, it is even more alarming globally.
In order to successfully mitigate food insecurity it is essential to:
Address food distribution
Minimize food losses
Improve production efficiencies
To maximize food distribution and minimize food losses:
Establish government programs supporting harvesting and transport of surplus foods.
Promote collaboration between grocery stores and local food banks to provide excess food to those who need it.
Educate consumers on the importance of minimizing food waste.
Improving production efficiencies of plants and animals will be essential to mitigating food insecurity.
Researchers around the world will need to collaborate to make this a reality.
Improving food distribution
Reducing food waste
Intensifying agricultural production