What are the six foods that climate change is going to ruin?
Corn and coffee are already suffering as the Earth warms. Add wheat, rice, almonds, and oranges to the mix.
Besides supply chain breakdowns, heat waves and rising sea levels, scientists cannot fully anticipate how the Earth's ever-rising temperature will impact every aspect of the environment. Agriculture is a science of balances — just the right kinds of minerals in the soil, the ideal amount of sunshine and precipitation — and global warming throws so many new variables into the mix that the most predictable thing about it is its unpredictability.
Match Design and Match CMO work in the foodtech space with companies that include Kiverdi (protein for Nasa space missions), Change Foods (cowless proteins like Cheese), Sigona's (locally sourced farm fesh) and Keep It Real foods. We are excited to help figure out how to feed 9 billion people. We are proud of our client BioCube San Jose where Impossible Foods began, who has also taken a bite out of the $100 billion U.S. meat industry with a new category of cowless protein.
"What is needed is a radical transformation of food systems, localizing them as much as possible, and supporting crop diversification through agroecology and other progressive approaches." -Marie Cosquer, Advocacy Analyst on Food Systems and Climate Crisis for Action Against Hunger
Feeding the World
By 2050, according to National Geographic, we’ll need to feed two billion more people. That makes 9 billion. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet?
The environmental challenges posed by agriculture are huge, and they’ll only become more pressing as we try to meet the growing need for food worldwide. We’ll likely have two billion more mouths to feed by mid-century—more than nine billion people. But sheer population growth isn’t the only reason we’ll need more food. The spread of prosperity across the world, especially in China and India, is driving an increased demand for meat, eggs, and dairy, boosting pressure to grow more corn and soybeans to feed more cattle, pigs, and chickens. If these trends continue, the double whammy of population growth and richer diets will require us to roughly double the amount of crops we grow by 2050.
"This is a pivotal moment when we face unprecedented challenges to food security and the preservation of our global environment. The good news is that we already know what we have to do; we just need to figure out how to do it." -Jonathan Foley directs the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota