How and where we get our food has shifted drastically in the last century. Today, it is common (in the U.S.) for food to travel thousands of miles from where it was grown, use a variety of chemicals and fossil fuels during production, and be available year-round - and for large amounts to be wasted. Meanwhile, people in other parts of the world live in constant malnutrition.
How Food Connects to Other Topics
- Food provides biological energy, but often uses more non-biological Energy to produce than it contains.
- Where, How, and How Much food we grow will all change under Climate Change.
- Agriculture is the largest consumer of Water, regardless of country.
- Supplying food to Cities, which lack arable land to grow their own, is a major supply infrastructure challenge.
- Food currently requires Resources such as phosphorous and nitrogen fertilizers, which are likely to be limited.
- Agriculture eliminates or weakens Ecosystems in favor of monocultures.
- The longer food supply chains mean less Money goes to farmers.