The world is at a crossroads when it comes to our food system. The decisions we make today could take us down a road of food prosperity and security—or lead us into a dead end where the planet’s resources are exhausted and unable to sustain an ever-growing human population.
In one sense, the world has never been in better shape. Consider that the standard of living among even the poorest nations, especially in Asia, has improved dramatically since the Industrial Revolution. Advances in agriculture, medicine and technology have not only led to higher per capita income but longer lifespans, cleaner air and water and increases in the quality and quantity of food.
However, the modern era is not without its great challenges—feeding the future being chief among them.
The way forward will require us to sell all the stakeholders—suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, consumers—on the idea that there is room for everyone to eat good food.