The rise in industrial agriculture led to increased emissions of heat-trapping gases and environmental pollution. More food is grown to give consumers variety and choice. More food is grown to meet increased demand due to rising population. Food is also grown faster so that the same area can produce more food within the same period of time. And the sad truth is that food wastage is not only tolerated but is seen as normal.
Food production is affected by climate change just as climate change affects food production. Agriculture is one of the major contributors to global warming. And changing climate affects the resilience of plants which can’t always adapt to warmer weather. Higher temperatures also mean more insects, which farmers will attack with more pesticides, adding toxins to the environment and our plates. We really need to re-think the food landscape. What role should we play to ensure its sustainability with optimized production, distribution and consumption?