NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (IPS) – The world is still counting the social and economic costs of the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic amid renewed “code red” in the climate crisis, food may not seem to be the biggest threat to humanity.
Yet transforming the entire food system around the world solves the $ 12 trillion challenge that many still do not realize we are facing.
The threat of existence that is seen on the horizon is actually already silently reducing the world to poor health, environmental damage and economic growth, which could reach 16 16 trillion by 2050.
Reconsidering the value chain of the entire food system from how food is produced to how it is marketed and sold and how waste is processed can not only save this hidden cost but also protect the sustainability of humans and the planet.
The caveat is that at every point in the process, from sowing and harvesting to cooking and composting, the transition will not be easy or straightforward. The technologies that we have advanced in science at the farm and business level and the policies that we create in the governance system bring about trade and risk to choose.
But the rewards of the offer – on every front and for every country in the world – surpass the dollar figures for real improvement in life, livelihoods and the natural world.
Initially, improving the productivity and efficiency of the food system can support a strong and equitable economic recovery from the epidemic and lay the foundation for a more prosperous future.
In low-income countries, for example, the biggest losses currently occur after harvest, when farmers extend the life of their crops and produce enough to reach the market for refrigeration or suitable storage.
Meanwhile, in high-income countries, foods that consumers buy more than they need are often wasted.
According to the Food and Land Use Coalition, it would cost an estimated বিল 30 billion to reduce these losses, but the potential return could be as much as 5 455 billion in savings and new opportunities. It could drop eight percent from current global emissions levels.
Investing in a strong local price chain, which allows farmers to get more food in the market and consumers to buy only what they need, can help improve their livelihoods in the agricultural sector and improve access to nutritious food, reducing the hidden costs of food-related illness. And educating consumers about the environmental costs of their choice.
Such an effort was among the outcomes of the UN Food Security Pre-Summit in late July, when Rwandan President Paul Kagame announced a common position for Africa before the summit. At the heart of this shared agenda was the commitment to strengthen local markets and supply chains and increase agricultural financing to 10 percent of public spending.
Transforming the food system from production to cost and disposal could support the “net-zero” goal adopted by a growing number of countries.
While the food system collectively contributes about one-third of emissions, wholesale nature-positive changes can help countries meet their Paris Agreement goals and reduce biodiversity loss.
And there are opportunities to invest in more sustainable food systems across the board, ranging from innovation to reducing emissions associated with livestock through improved health and nutrition, using pure energy in food processing, transportation and packaging, which is more than 20 percent. Food system emissions.
These solutions will be promoted by global initiatives and alliances led by countries and partners that increase both resilience and sustainability by overcoming the interconnected challenges of climate change and hunger.
Ultimately, investing in a healthy and efficient food system will further improve public health, save global costs and the burden of poor food-related illnesses such as hunger, malnutrition and diabetes.
It began with the development of a food system that prioritizes food security and hygiene, reducing the prevalence of foodborne illness, costing low- and middle-income countries alone an estimated 110 110 billion in lost productivity and medical costs.
Such changes will require investment in supply, scale-up and encourage the production of adequate, readily available and healthy foods, and educate consumers so that they can make better conscious dietary choices.
The reward for successfully transforming the global food system is not the লুক 12 trillion in hidden costs, but the survival of the world as we know it.
To date, the UN Food Systems Summit has created dozens of game-changing initiatives to help countries realize the full potential of a functioning and sustainable food system, and we have already seen nearly 70 countries included in their national paths to address their unique situations and challenges. Will come to the summit with many more.
We are moving forward at a critical moment for more governments and their people to throw their weight behind these solutions and commit to important initiatives that will carry the promise of a healthier, inclusive and resilient future. We cannot afford to make this mistake.
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