RiAus PDplus: Food Security – Feeding a growing global population
If there is one thing that unites every person on the planet, no matter their culture or background, it is the need to eat and drink to stay alive. But although it is arguably our most valuable resource, the food that we rely on is beginning to run out. Already many people around the world are starving and scientists predict it is only going to get worse.
Food security occurs when all people and nations have ongoing access to an adequate amount of nutritious and safe food. Food security varies around the world, as different countries rely on varying food staples. However the majority rely on three food staples: rice, maize (corn) and wheat. There are well over 20,000 edible plants in the world, but these three species make up 60% of the world’s food energy intake. For this reason, ensuring these crops continue to grow is crucial to food security around the world.