Across the globe, the food system is broken. Worldwide, 30 percent of food is wasted, 1 billion people go to bed hungry each night, while another 1 billion suffer from health problems related to obesity and agriculture contributes roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Meanwhile, people are increasingly disconnected from how their food reaches their plate, making solutions to the global agricultural system seem even more difficult to attain.
Slow Food is part of the solution. We are an international organization building a network of small-scale sustainable farmers. A recent UN report says, “small-scale farmers can double food production in ten years using simple farming methods.” And that we must increase global food production by 50 - 70% to meet the needs of the planets’ growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.