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Food issues of global relevance

Food issues of global relevance

The urban population of the world has grown rapidly from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 6 billion by 2045.

Urbanization is challenging our knowledge about food and the resources that sustain the system that feed us. What we eat and the way we produce our food has a severe impact on our health, environment and climate.

New challenges concerning food are arising in cities:

• The amount of information about food is huge and difficult to get right.

• 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food.

• More than 244 million people lived outside their country of origin.

• More than 40 % of food waste in industrialized countries occurs at retail and consumer levels.

The need for strong solutions across the world is calling for action among the worlds political decision makers, business, scientific experts, NGOs and gastronomy frontrunners.