How does food production and consumption affect the environment? Research has found that global food production is the single largest human pressure on Earth. More than 85% of water used by humanity is claimed by agriculture. It uses 40% of the Earth’s land area and is the primary driver of deforestation, habitat destruction and biodiversity loss. Food production is responsible for a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, equalling the contribution made by electricity generation and exceeding that of industry.

Learn more about population and consumption here.

See our latest news stories and blog posts about food below.

fruit and veg
24 July 2019

Despite economic growth, billions won’t have enough fruit and veg by 2050

Oil palm
21 March 2019

Population and consumption causing extinction crisis and water shortage

How to feed the world without destroying it
7 December 2018

How to feed the world without destroying it

3 November 2018

Livestock, extinction . . . and population

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