The word S C A R E D is an acronym: Supply, Cost, Added value, Realism, Eating and Demand
Many people who work in the food security field, from scientist to business analyst, are deeply pessimistic on the matter. A best case scenario I often hear from them is this: Millions, if not many millions of us will experience misery, devastation and death.
(Aaargh, the worst is apocalyptical . . . )
A neat acronym. I’m scared. Not for myself, I’m close to having lived my three score years and ten. But for my kids’ generation (they’re in their mid-30s) and my four utterly lovely grandkids. I’m unconvinced they’ll die of old age. Yup, I hope I’m wrong.
The hope, it seems to me, is to have a realistic, evidence-based take on the world we’re living in, and to hear what the scientists are telling us about possible futures.
That is what this talk will be about. The sheer scale of how the heck we’re going to feed today’s 7.5 billion people, let alone the additional 2.5 billion or so yet to come.
And it’s based on a horizon scanning exercise we carried out at the back end of last year. We’ve just published our report on it all: Back from the Future.