Why we need sustainable agriculture



Population growth and the impacts of climate change are creating great challenges for humanity. Until 2050, food production requires an increase of at least 50% to feed the then 10 billion people on the planet. Current agricultural practices cannot do this in a sustainable way. Half of the world’s habitable land is now used for agriculture. In addition to that, unsustainable agricultural practices are already having negative impacts on people and the planet.





Global food production must be increased sustainably



Agriculture is responsible for 25% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. These stem from the conversion of forests and grassland into cropland, raising livestock, the use of fertilizers and agricultural machinery, food processing, transport, and packaging. Furthermore, the use of fertilizers and pesticides is affecting the quality of air, water, and soil. It also reduces biodiversity and the availability of freshwater supply. A further issue is that 13,8% of food is lost in supply chains. This is due to long routes of transportation and storage periods.

To lower the environmental impact of the food system while increasing food production to meet the needs of the growing population, a transition to sustainable agricultural practices and sustainable food systems is needed.


Read our next posts to find out how this is possible and what we are doing to contribute to the solution.



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Sources:

Avgoustaki, D. & Xydis, G. (2020) - Indoor Vertical Farming in the Urban Nexus Context: Business Growth and Resource Saving. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12051965

Ritchie, H. (2020) - "Environmental impacts of food production". Retrieved from: 'https://ourworldindata.org/environmental-impacts-of-food

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