Impact small changes can have on global food production

on 25/01/11 at 11:07 am

Industry

Just one extra beer a week for Chinese men would require 231,235 hectares of annual barley production in the UK – the equivalent of a fifth of its current output, claims the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

The food industry information provider made the calculations to demonstrate what impact small changes can have on global food production, when applied collectively in a largely populated country like China.

IGD’s estimate follows the recent publication of ‘Global Food and Farming Futures’, a government-commissioned report by the Government Office for Science, which explores the increasing pressures on the global food system between now and 2050.

The report highlights the decisions it thinks that policy makers need to take today, and in the future, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sufficiently and sustainably.

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