Why we need

sustainable agriculture


02 October 2020

Population growth and the impacts of climate change are creating great challenges for humanity. Until 2050, food production requires an increase of 70% to feed the then 10 billion people on the planet. Current agricultural practices cannot do this in a sustainable way. Half of the world’s habitable land is now used for agriculture. Unsustainable agricultural practices are already having negative impacts on people and the planet. Agriculture is responsible for 25% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. These stem from the conversion of forests and grassland into crop land, raising livestock, the use of fertilizers and agricultural machinery, food processing, transport and packaging. Furthermore, the use of fertilizers and pesticides is affecting the quality of air, water, and soil. It also reduces biodiversity and the availability of fresh water supply. A further issue is that 13,8% of food is lost in supply chains. This is due to long routes of transportation and storage periods.

Sustainable agriculture can contribute to solving these problems. Read our next posts to find out how this is possible and what we are doing to contribute to the solution.

Sources:

Avgoustaki, D. & Xydis, G. (2020) - Indoor Vertical Farming in the Urban Nexus Context: Business Growth and Resource Saving. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051965

Ritchie, H. (2020) - "Environmental impacts of food production". Retrieved from: 'https://ourworldindata.org/environmental-impacts-of-food

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