Sustainable Food Consumption
Food is one of our most basic needs and recognised as a human right in over 160 countries worldwide. Although you’d think we would take care of such a necessity, our global food system is totally off-balance. In 2011, the number of overweight or obese citizens reached 1.5 billion. At the same time, one billion people are suffering from malnutrition and another billion from hidden hunger.
Europe’s excessive demand for food and feedstock also contributes significantly to the pressure on biodiversity hotspots abroad like the Brazilian Cerrado and the Heart of Borneo.
WWF’s Living Planet Report shows that our food choices can heavily impact the environment. Particularly animal products like meat and dairy place a heavy burden, as raising livestock requires large amounts of feed, water and energy.
With our world population estimated to grow to around nine billion or more by 2050, our food choices will be vital to the conservation of the ecosystems that support them.
Biodiversity & Freshwater Policy Officer
WWF European Policy Office,
+32 2 743 88 14