Food Security in the 21st Century

We need to do more, faster. The food crisis is permanently harming millions of children. They need our help. This is about even more than alleviating human suffering; it is about global peace and stability.

–Ban-Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, 2009

Globally, we are food insecure. Rampant food waste, coupled with climate change and unrestricted water misuse are placing unparalleled pressure on the resources we depend on, leaving many rural women and men unable to make ends meet on their land.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.

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All facts gathered from the UN FAO, UNEP, WRI, and WFP.

Picture MeRishi R. Masalia is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia studying the genetics of drought resistance in sunflower. He is a former University of Arizona Wildcat, Coca-Cola addict, smooth dance machine, science fiction savant, and all around nerd. Rishi is a founding member of the Athens Science Cafe, and co-founder of the Athens Science Observer of which he is Editor-in-Chief and Advice Editor. He can be reached at masalia@uga.edu, or followed on Twitter @RishiMasalia. More from Rishi R. Masalia.