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Here, we have comment from Andre Laperrière from Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) on the importance of future-proofing the food system

GODAN regularly discuss the importance of diet to carbon emissions. Previously, Andre has commented that the consumption of meat in Western countries is an indulgence in comparison to the necessity of meat consumption in other countries – an area for us to change our behaviour in, to reach United Nations Emissions goals.

“The UN report revealing that more than 820 million people around the world did not have enough to eat in 2018, a number that continues to climb in the years, is a stark reminder on how far we are from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero World Hunger by 2030.

“This also highlights the urgent and bolder efforts needed to tackle the global food security crisis – both in terms of production scale and nutritional value. With urgent action still not being taken, we face the deepening of these troubling trends, which will hit the hardest people who are poor, vulnerable and marginalised, now facing mounting challenges brought by the consequences of economic slowdown.

“World Food Day provides the much needed opportunity to spotlight these issues once again and the call to action to do what we can to tackle the crisis, particularly in countries where income inequality is growing and only compounding the challenges faced by where hunger is growing and low-income households impacted the most. It is also the biggest annual event to encourage action to be bolder and more collaborative to unlock the potential of the governments, organisations and individuals at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to help address the crisis.

“In order for us to increase the rate of progress to tackle the crisis today and future-proof  our food systems for the rapid growth of our global population predicted, we need to acknowledge the key structural issues hampering progress and the profound transformation of food systems needed to provide sustainably-produced healthy diets for a growing world population. The time to act is now, and the only way we can do that is by being smarter in our approach. Radical technological and AI induction is required in the field to revolutionise it.”

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