Eating the Climate Crisis
Eating Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis:
How Rethinking Our Food Systems Can Balance the Biosphere
Our climate crisis poses an urgent and all-encompassing existential challenge to life as we know it. Food systems are at the fore of this global dilemma. We can eat our way into climate catastrophe, or we can eat our way out of it.
The food we grow, harvest, process, distribute, and eat is intimately linked with our environment. On one hand, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the agriculture sector and resulting land use. On the other hand, droughts and floods severely impact farmers and their land. Temperature changes affect crop growth and reproduction cycles, and new research suggests global warming causes key crops to produce more carbohydrates that can crowd out the production of nutrients. Meanwhile, many pests and weeds thrive in hotter and wetter conditions, making agricultural production all the more challenging and potentially more resource intensive.
Given their impact on our individual and planetary health, food systems will take center stage of the global climate change discourse. Food will no longer be seen as a problem for our climate future, but instead, as a delicious and resilient solution ripe for harvest.
Paying the Real Price of Food
Toward true cost accounting
Simulating the Foodscape
Toward modeled environments
Amplifying Food Influencers
Toward a new breed of plant-based tastemakers
Discovering Soil as the Secret Ingredient
Toward more delicious food from healthier dirt
Climate-Proofing Culinary Traditions
Toward resilient food cultures
Read the full report to engage with five forecasts that span financial, biological, technological, cultural, and social opportunities to redesign our food system over the next decade in order to combat our climate crisis.
About the Food Futures Lab
IFTF's Food Futures Lab is a multidisciplinary team of researchers, designers, and strategists who all share a deep passion for creating a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, and humane future of food. With experience in startups, academia, design, philanthropy, agriculture, and the food service industry, we are highly-networked food futurists who craft and tell stories across many mediums—pages, packages, stages, and even dining room tables—to inspire change.
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