State of the World 2005 Trends and Facts
- Cultivating Food Security
How Consumers Can Help
�Farmers are not the only ones with a stake in a more secure food system, and they cannot shore up our fields and ranches by themselves.�
It is in the best interest of farmers to reduce their own energy use, simply to save money. But the long-term solution to rising greenhouse gas emissions and climate change will depend mostly on the choices that everyone else makes. Buying local ingredients can help. A meal using imported ingredients can easily generate four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a meal made from local ingredients.
Consumer can also make a difference in slowing the loss of agricultural diversity. Even if farmers decide that they want to start raising more diverse breeds of livestock and plants, the shift will ultimately depend on the willingness of shoppers to seek out these foods at the supermarket. Farmers need the support of a public committed to farms that can withstand climate change and new diseases, and also yield food that is safe to eat. Fortunately, this may not be a hard sell.
What are some of the ways the newest threats to food security, including climate change, the loss of agricultural diversity, and emerging diseases, affect the health and livelihoods of the urban and rural poor? What are some of the impacts of these threats on rich nations?
Which regions of the world will feel the affects of climate change the most and why?
What are some of the ways the loss of agricultural diversity threatens the future of global food security?
What are some of the policy solutions for protecting agricultural diversity? What are some of the ways farmers are protecting crop and livestock diversity?