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How Can The World Sustainably Feed Nearly 10B People By 2050 Without Raising Emissions?

Nonie Reyes / World Bank
A flooded rice field.

On this edition of Your Call, we continue our weeklong series on the climate crisis by looking at the impacts of the crisis on our global food supply.

A new report from the World Resources Institute asks: How can we feed 10 billion people by 2050 without raising greenhouse gas emissions? According to a recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the entire food production system accounts for 37 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Meat and dairy account for 14.5 percent of those emissions, but demand is expected to rise by nearly 70 percent by 2050. What changes are needed to create a sustainable food future?


Tim Searchinger, senior fellow at the World Resources Institute and research scholar at Princeton

Georgina Gustin, reporter for InsideClimate News


Web Resources:

WRI: Creating a Sustainable Food Future

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Climate Change and Land Report

InsideClimateNews: IPCC Report Shows Food System Overhaul Needed to Save the Climate 

The New York Times: The World Wastes Tons of Food. A Grocery ‘Happy Hour’ Is One Answer.