The global economy is facing a major food crisis and it’s not just the U.S. that’s struggling.
Global agriculture is struggling to adapt to the rapidly changing climate, while farmers and rancher are facing a new challenge: food shortages.
It’s a new reality that many farmers and livestock ranchers are struggling with, and now they’re trying to find a way to survive.
“The global food system is changing very rapidly,” says Mark Schmucker, senior research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank focused on global affairs.
“It’s changing in ways that are not always in the best interest of producers and consumers.
In addition to climate change, there are challenges in managing supply chains, and food security is a critical element.”
As a result, farm and ranching interests are facing many challenges, including:The problem of growing food with limited resourcesThe changing climateThe increasing number of food-related disastersThe increasing demand for food and a growing demand for animal productsThe rapid spread of antibiotic resistance and disease The changing supply chainsFood production is also shifting, with increasing demand in China and emerging markets.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for farmers and producers to secure enough food to meet their growing demand.
“We’re now moving towards a very different system,” says David Hickey, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of California, Davis, who has studied the rise of global food production and its impact on agriculture and society.
“People are more dependent on their livestock, and that’s a problem.
We’re talking about people that are going to feed a million people or more in 2050, and you’re talking in the middle of a drought.
And if we can’t get enough meat, we’ll have to move on to something else.””
We don’t have the resources to keep growing,” Schmuckers comments.
“And so it’s really a problem for us.”
Schmucker points to one potential solution.
As the global food supply is changing, the U of C’s research on agriculture is also changing.
He points to recent findings that show that livestock farmers are increasingly looking at other sources of income and are becoming more self-sufficient.
“We’re seeing that more and more people are going back to farming.
And that’s what we’re seeing in China.
China’s agriculture sector is growing rapidly and is not going to stop growing,” he says.”
So what we have to do is make sure we have enough food for people,” says Schmuckle.
“That means we need to be growing food for our population, not just for livestock.
And we have the technology to do that.”
The solution is a new, sustainable system that relies on the help of peopleSchmucker points to a number of factors that may be making the shift to a more sustainable agriculture a difficult one for farmers.
For one thing, there’s a growing recognition that climate change is the main driver behind the increasing demand and supply of food.
“In the past, people thought climate change was only happening in the Arctic and it wasn’t a problem,” he explains.
“But we’ve now started to see the impacts of global warming around the world.
We’ve had devastating floods in China, for example.
We saw that in South Africa.
We have this big migration of people who were going to farm or work in the South and East.
In addition, Schmucks current research shows that the global livestock industry has experienced a decline in the past several decades. “
Climate change is not a solution to everything, but it can help.”
In addition, Schmucks current research shows that the global livestock industry has experienced a decline in the past several decades.
“The livestock industry, it’s still growing, but we have a lot of changes,” he points out.
“You have a growing number of animals that are being slaughtered, and we’ve had to import more animals to meet demand.”
In the United States, there is a growing movement to increase food sovereignty, which allows consumers to buy their food from farms, cooperatives, or farms that produce food for their own consumption.
“For the last 15 years, I think the American farmers have been pushing for more of a local, local food system,” Schuckers says.
“So now we have this movement called the Farm Bill.
This bill, which I support, says farmers should have the right to own their own land.
So it’s about the right of farmers to have their own livelihood.””
What we’ve done is we’ve brought a lot more money into the food system, because there are now farmers who are starting to produce their own food, and they have a huge incentive to do it.
And they’re doing it at a huge economic loss,” he adds.
The push for more sustainable food systems is making it difficult for farm and ranchedom to survive and prosper, but they’re not alone.
As food prices skyrocket, it is increasingly difficult to find the supplies needed to sustain an economy.
“Food is becoming more expensive,” says Hickey.