Feeding Humans Has Trapped World in Debt, Degradation: FAO

Published in The Hindu

Dec 1, 2023

A new FAO report blames “unsustainable business-as-usual practices” for escalating human and environmental costs of producing food.

A groundbreaking report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), published earlier this month, has laid bare the staggering hidden costs of our global agrifood systems, surpassing an astonishing $10 trillion.

In middle-income countries like India, these costs constitute nearly 11% of the GDP, which manifests as higher poverty, environmental harm, and health-related impact (including undernourishment and unhealthy dietary patterns).

The FAO report blames “unsustainable business-as-usual activities and practices” for these escalating costs, pointing to a need to transform agrifood systems. One way to do so is to shift to multi-cropping systems that have the potential to protect farmers’ well-being, improve nutritional outcomes for our communities, and positively impact ecological health.

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P Srinivas Vasu and Karishma Shelar analyse the FAO report for The Hindu

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