The Research on How a Growing Global Population Should Be Provided With Food Has Been Lacking a Holistic Perspective


Meeting one of the great challenges of our time – providing a growing global population with food – requires research with a holistic perspective on food production, people’s eating habits, and the population increase.

However, during the last few decades, the world’s researchers have primarily focused on the first of these factors, and more or less ignored the other two. This has recently been established by a research team with links to Linnaeus University.

Forecasts indicate that it can become difficult to uphold the current food production in the wake of climate changes, impoverishment of land, and shortage of water. At the same time, the ongoing population growth and people’s current eating habits put pressure to increase the production. Researchers looking for answers for how to provide food for a growing global population should, in this situation, come up with solutions that integrate questions concerning food production, population increase, and people’s eating habits.

In light of this, an interdisciplinary research team has studied solutions presented by the world’s researchers over the last 50 years. The research team can confirm that, since the early 90s, researchers have mainly focused on how new technology can be introduced to increase food production, while questions concerning our eating habits and the population increase have been neglected.

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