Stories tagged: resource constraints

‘Perfect Storm’ of Food, Energy, and Water Shortages by 2030, Predicts UK Chief Scientist

Professor John Beddington, the UK Government’s Chief Scientist, has warned that the world’s population is facing a series of threats to livelihoods due to insecure access to food, energy, and water.

The BBC News coverage notes that:

demand for food and energy will jump 50% by 2030 and for fresh water by 30%, as the population tops 8.3 billion…

Beddington warned that these issues must be tackled as soon as possible to prevent shortages globally.

The Farming First plan aims to create a comprehensive framework for addressing the very issues that Beddington highlights, and many more.  Creating a locally relevant yet globally connected system for agriculture will be key to minimising the potential impacts which arise from reduced access to these fundamental resources.

Nobel Winner Claims Future Food Crisis is No “False Alarm”

2980358860_82f5642f42_mPaul Krugman, a New York Times columnist and winner of the Nobel Prize for economics, recently warned that the world should not allow the financial crisis to overshadow a lingering food crisis.

Krugman noted that a number of resource constraints – such as access to water, oil, and arable land – are converging with growing demand, both from a swelling global population as well as shifting demands for more resource intensive foods (such as meats).

Krugman highlighted the need for more investment into physical infrastructure and agricultural R&D while stressing the need to adjust agricultural policy to benefit developing countries more.