Producing enough nutritious food

Global food production delivers to humanity over 23 trillion calories (kcal) each and every day. Not everyone gets enough nutrition from this production but the complexity and efficiency of the food systems are staggering. The challenge is how to keep these fragile systems going as demand grows and supply is increasingly constrained. This sFED theme explores the details of this mega challenge when unlimited growth is not an option.

Dip into the posts below to understand the many nuances of food production.

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What is good food?

Food is the F in FED. It’s all about food production, how and what is grown to supply the human population with 22 trillion kilocalories each and every day. Clearly a miraculous achievement, but can we keep it going?

Food Topics

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Finding solutions to future food

Humans are good at errors. We love telling people that they are wrong even when our pot is as burnt as their kettle. Critiques are not enough to shape our future...

Farmers supported Trump

Farmers are expected to be conservative, it’s almost a given. But really it is their attitude to risk driven by extremes of cost, uncertainty and sheer hard work of producing food for sale — together this is more than...

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The 22 trillion a day challenge

Humanity has faced many challenges from famine, war and pestilence to climate change and COVID-19. So far we have overcome them all through fortitude, imagination and sacrifice. However, the biggest challenge awaits...

Farmer in a wheat field

Should farmers be indentured servants?

Modern food production is geared for profit. The producer has less and less control over the process that sets input costs and price. Is it time for governments to intervene to support the family farm?

Priorities for our food system

Humanity has a great need for food. We exist in unprecedented numbers and every person has a calorific and nutrient demand just to keep body and soul together. This has put food production and diet in the spotlight...

Rising inequality and food

The good, the bad, and the ugly of capitalism are with everyone now. Inequality is especially insidious with the concentration of wealth and access to food creating a wicked conundrum...

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