A new report by the United Nations (UN) has found that the world’s future food needs are at risk due to land erosion across the globe.
The report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture, found that 24 percent of the world’s land is now considered “highly degraded” due to soil erosion and biodiversity loss.
Jacque Diouf, FAO’s director-general, told the Washington Post that increased competition over land, coupled with climate change and poor farming practices has left key food-producing systems unable to meet human needs in the future.
“The consequences in terms of hunger and poverty are unacceptable,” Diouf noted. “Remedial actions need to be taken now. We simply cannot continue on a course of business as usual.”
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The UN said farmers will have to produce 70 percent more food in order to keep up with the world’s expected 9 billion population count by 2050.