Viewpoint: Facing climate change, global hunger crisis, we should fix our ‘faulty food system’

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Fixing the world’s “faulty food system” is increasingly being recognized as one of the key ways to fight climate change as well as tackle high rates of both malnutrition and obesity.

Each year 821 million people suffer from hunger – a figure that is rising despite an increase in global food production. And at the same time, around two billion people are eating too much of the wrong type of food.

The livestock industry is viewed by many experts as a serious threat to food security because of its size and unsustainability, as well as the negative effects on our health of a diet overly rich in meat …. As countries become wealthier their eating habits shift towards more meat-based diets, fuelling a massive expansion in livestock farming and contributing some 8.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2010.

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Agriculture, especially livestock production, is a major driver of climate change, but it also one of the most sensitive industries to the effects of changes to weather …. This harms agricultural yields, leading to food price hikes and loss of income, reducing access to food. This …. highlights how the problem of feeding the population won’t be solved by simply growing more food.

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