Researchers from the University of Guelph in Canada conduct a study that shows the global agriculture system currently overproduces grains, fats, and sugars. But, the production of fruits, vegetables, and protein are not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the global population.
The problem with agriculture is it produces enough calories for the world’s current population, but not enough for the future’s needs. There are two problems that greatly affect our agricultural methods.
First, climate change causes extreme weather conditions that make it hard to produce nutritious food. Second, agriculture produces a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. Afterward, the researchers suggest to increase production, invest in technology, change diets, and reduce food waste.
However, these may cause the reducing of the land needed to produce food for the world population. That’s why Healthy Eating Plate guide is created to help calculate the estimated global agricultural production.
The said guide helps in satisfying the nutritional requirements needed in every food that farmers produce. In this way, farmers would know how much they need to produce. Consumers, on the other hand, will live a healthy life.
To be able to feed the entire world population, plant-based protein diets would also help save farmlands and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Another thing is consumers and farmers could work hand-in-hand to make the agriculture system possible for our consumption needs.
Source: Karen Graham, Digital Journal | Photo by Sponchia, Pixabay
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