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.
National Honey Bee Day is August 19th! Now more than ever, the vital role honey bees play in our national and global ecosystems is being threatened. Honey bee populations are currently dwindling.
For many of us, it comes as no surprise that our American diet isn’t the most sustainable - for neither our planet nor for our health. But, to have this backed up by scientific evidence and an official report from the folks over at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) comes as quite the surprise.
As we start the New Year many of us will have resolutions on our mind. People tend to focus their resolutions on self-improvement and often forget to consider the world we live in. Last year at PopEd, we started creating “eco-resolutions” that would serve as not only lifestyle changes but would also have positive impacts on our environment.
Here’s what some of our PopEd staff have to say about their 2015 eco-resolutions and their favorite eco-change of 2014.
What is your 2015 eco-resolution and how do you plan to keep it?
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.
We’re continuing to explore global food issues for the upcoming Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22). Today we’re sharing ideas for elementary-level students to learn about geography through the study of food.
This year’s Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22) focuses on “The Future of Food.” National Geographic, GAW’s sponsor, has been featuring articles and events on food all year, with the overarching question of how we will feed the projected 9-10 billion who will be sharing the planet by mid-century.