UN climate panel warns of imminent food shortage

The UN Climate Panel (IPCC) concludes in her latest report that there is a global food shortage due to climate change. It talks about a completely untenable way in which people deal with land. Degraded, eroded agricultural lands, cut forests, disappeared flora and fauna, expanding deserts and drained peat lands: the natural system no longer uses CO2 but expel it.

At the same time, the report says that at least one third of the solutions for climate change can be achieved with better land use. Through more sustainable farming methods, with less use of fertilizer and chemicals, more careful use of soils and the protection and restoration of forests and wetlands.

Consumers can actively help

In addition, consumers can also do a lot themselves, for example by eating less meat and wasting less food (one third of the food worldwide is wasted).

Louise Fresco, chairman of the Executive Board and professor of Food Technology at Wageningen University & Research, tells at the NOS that the agricultural sector and training have already devised various ways to increase food production in a sustainable way. it also sees an important role for consumers themselves.

"We will undoubtedly have a smart fridge in the future," says Fresco. “One who knows exactly what we need as an individual and who can order automatically via the internet if desired. More on the basis of knowledge than on the basis of tradition, that will be the big change. ”

That the changes, however, are not going as fast as hoped turned out this week at the bankruptcy application of two Texel companies, specializing in the cultivation of salty crops. While the Climate Panel the presents salty crop cultivation as one of the solutions to cope with the effects of climate change. In the Netherlands alone, an estimated 125,000 hectares of land are becoming increasingly salty and worldwide large areas have therefore become unusable for conventional agriculture. The companies filed for bankruptcy due to insufficient demand for the products.