Global food issues: Food waste, fish stocks, and food security

Global food issues: Food waste, fish stocks, and food security

Code: ML-ML00019-040 | Published: Oct-2015 | Pages: 29 | MarketLine
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The world population has grown from 2.5 billion in 1950 to more than 7 billion in 2015. This poses massive challenges for, among other things, food supplies. This case study looks at some of the challenges the world faces, such as food waste, and some potential solutions.



Key Findings
- This case study looks at three different aspects of food consumption issues the world faces.
- These are food wastage, fish stocks, and food security.
- The case study also explores various potential solutions.

Reasons To Buy
At what point in the value chain is food wasted and why? What attempts have been made to raise awareness of this issue?
Why are some fish stocks critical? How quickly is aquaculture growing compared to wild fishing?

Table of Contents

OVERVIEW
Catalyst
Summary
A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF FOOD IS THROWN AWAY
Food waste occurs in every country at every part of the value chain
Food is wasted at every part of the value chain
There are geographical differences in food wastage
Some types of food are wasted more frequently
In Europe, food waste initiatives gained pace in 2014
In Europe, multiple food retailers have begun to sell "ugly" fruit and vegetables
2014 year of food waste
In the US, consumer awareness of the issue has grown
UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING AND DEAD ZONES THREATEN FISH STOCKS
Commercial fishing is unsustainable
The world is reliant on fish
Commercial fishing is unsustainable
Aquaculture has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years
Dead zones are inhospitable to marine life
Human activity has increased the amount of dead zones
Companies must cut down on synthetic fertilizers
FOOD SECURITY IS AN ISSUE IN CHINA
Food security is the access to sufficient safe, nutritious food
Population growth, industrialization, and increased food consumption have affected Chinas food security
Chinas arable land has decreased
Chinas per capita consumption has increased
Chinas food scarcity has led to food company acquisitions
CONCLUSIONS
Food issues can be changed by market forces
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