The Global Food Shortage and Intensive Agriculture
More Food – Less land
The estimated population for the earth in 2021 is 7.7 Billion people. With urban development continually increasing, environmental protection areas gaining importance and more mouths to feed we are facing a global food shortage.
The 2020s are the years of innovation and change worldwide. Power production is being shifted to renewables, combustion engines are being challenged by electric motors and science is prevailing during a worldwide epidemic.
Agriculture needs to join the pack. Scientists and agronomists have been working towards maximum efficiency not only for increased profit margins but to ultimately feed the world. This means using technology, science and upgraded farming practices to maximise crop yields and farm longevity. A fine line separates over-farming to gain massive yields and farming the perfect amount to sustain a healthy environment and soil profile.
Is intensive farming the answer?
Intensive farming has been used where conventional open space farming is impossible. Intensive farming is known to have a fast-tracked timeline, decreased costs and higher yields. However, these “positives” come at environmental, animal welfare and resource costs.
The world has been progressively moving away from these intensive farming practices. Forcing farmers to accept a buyers’ market of quality over quantity. In the face of the worlds food crisis, this is seemingly the opposite direction. This furthers the disconnect between farming regions and urban centres as the developing countries of the world continue to struggle with adequate food production. An issue we continue to accept.