How do you feed 9 billion people? Add to that problem the degraded environments and soils, the limited amount of essential nutrients on the planet (hence the new £10 bn potash mine in Yorkshire, UK), the decline in essential pollinators and an over-reliance on expensive chemicals. In the face of an enormous and complex problem, could mimicking natural ecosystems be an answer?
Agroecology is the term given to farming that imitates natural ecosystems and could be a promising solution to the feeding of the 9 billion!
As the world races toward a projected 9 billion inhabitants, the failings of dominant food systems are impossible to deny. Current food production methods are severely polluting. They are the cause of malnutrition. They are also inequitable, and unjustifiably wasteful. And they are concentrated in the hands of few corporations. Entangled in the multiple crises humanity is facing, establishing global food security is considered a key challenge of our time.