Global food issues: Food waste, fish stocks, and food security

The world population has grown from 2.5 billion in 1950 to more than 7 billion in 2015. This poses massive challenges for, among other things, food supplies. This case study looks at some of the challenges the world faces, such as food waste, and some potential solutions.

Scope

  • This case study looks at three different aspects of food consumption issues the world faces.
  • These are food wastage, fish stocks, and food security.
  • The case study also explores various potential solutions.

Reasons to buy

At what point in the value chain is food wasted and why? What attempts have been made to raise awareness of this issue?

Why are some fish stocks critical? How quickly is aquaculture growing compared to wild fishing?

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OVERVIEW

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A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF FOOD IS THROWN AWAY

Food waste occurs in every country at every part of the value chain

Food ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF FOOD IS THROWN AWAY

Food waste occurs in every country at every part of the value chain

Food is wasted at every part of the value chain

There are geographical differences in food wastage

Some types of food are wasted more frequently

In Europe, food waste initiatives gained pace in 2014

In Europe, multiple food retailers have begun to sell "ugly" fruit and vegetables

2014 year of food waste

In the US, consumer awareness of the issue has grown

UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING AND DEAD ZONES THREATEN FISH STOCKS

Commercial fishing is unsustainable

The world is reliant on fish

Commercial fishing is unsustainable

Aquaculture has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years

Dead zones are inhospitable to marine life

Human activity has increased the amount of dead zones

Companies must cut down on synthetic fertilizers

FOOD SECURITY IS AN ISSUE IN CHINA

Food security is the access to sufficient safe, nutritious food

Population growth, industrialization, and increased food consumption have affected China's food security

China's arable land has decreased

China's per capita consumption has increased

China's food scarcity has led to food company acquisitions

CONCLUSIONS

Food issues can be changed by market forces

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