The annual World of 7 Billion student video contest challenges students to think critically about the world’s most pressing issues. Each year, the contest topics spotlight current global issue areas. The aim of the contest is to encourage students to consider the topics within a greater context.
One of the greatest challenges facing our growing population is how we will feed 10 billion people. As our global family expands by 30 percent in just a little over 30 years, experts expect we will need to double our food production if we are to accommodate both the growing number of people and their changing diets. At the same time, climate change is beginning to affect every aspect of food production, creating a lot of uncertainty about the world’s ability to meet future food needs.
“For over 10,000 years, people lived in California, but the number of these people were never more than 300,000 or 400,000. Now we are embarked upon an experiment that no one has ever tried: 38 million people, with 32 million vehicles, living at the level of comfort that we all strive to attain.”
Tim Eddy of Southern Cross K-12 School in NSW, Australia won an honorable mention award in the World of 7 Billion student video contest for his film “Choices.” He chose to connect population to the global challenge: “Most of the earth’s suitable farmland is already under cultivation.”
Vancouver student Cynthia Zhou’s “Beef Up Sustainable Farming” won an honorable mention award in the World of 7 Billion student video contest. She chose to connect population to the global challenge: “Most of the earth’s suitable farmland is already under cultivation.”
Second place in the World of 7 Billion student video contest went Dylan Kroft for his film “Save Land, Save Humanity.” Dylan is a student at the Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan and chose to connect population to the global challenge: “Most of the earth’s suitable farmland is already under cultivation.”
Already we are two months into the International Year of Soils, a global campaign highlighting the fragility of universal food security and overall environmental health straight from the source – soil. Seeing the need for increased attention and advocacy of healthy soils, the United Nations launched the inaugural World Soil Day on December 5, 2014.
How do we feed a growing population that increasingly wants to eat meat? This was one of the main questions posed by Dr. Steve Polasky during his talk “The Real Sustainable Agriculture: Feeding 9 Billion and Preserving Nature” during last month’s WWF Whole Planet Full Plate food symposium.