In hunt for solution to rising population, agriculture has adopted venture capital mindset
This article titled “How to feed 9.7bn people? Startups take on the global food problem” was written by Nic Fleming in Wageningen, for The Guardian on Wednesday 1st June 2016 13.23 UTC
The raw numbers make for daunting reading. One in 10 people out of the current global population of 7.4 billion already goes hungry. Crop yields that soared in the decades after the second world war are flatlining, and the UN predicts there will be 2.3 billion more mouths to feed by 2050.
So how to keep people fed without trashing the planet? Some estimates put the contribution of the global food system to manmade greenhouse gas emissions as high as a third. Unsustainable farming methods are depleting soil nutrients significantly faster than they can be replenished. Rising demand for meat is driving deforestation as land is cleared to grow feed for livestock.