Maps & Data
Shifting the Diets of High Consumers of Animal-Based Foods Could Significantly Reduce Per Person Agricultural Land Use and GHG Emissions
This analysis shows how, among high-consuming populations, the three diet shifts could significantly reduce per person agricultural land use and greenhouse gas emissions.
To help shift people’s diets, we propose a new framework based on proven private sector marketing tactics: the Shift Wheel.
Overconsumption of protein occurs in all of the world’s regions, and it is rising in developing and emerging economies. In 2009, the average person in more than 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories consumed more protein than estimated requirements.
Like overconsumption of calories, overconsumption of protein widens the food gap. Furthermore, animal-based foods are typically more resource-intensive and environmentally impactful to produce than plant-based foods.
The two downloadable datasets provide background information and context to findings in the Working Paper, "Indicators of Sustainable Agriculture: A Scoping Analysis.
Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture
We examine the implications of doubling aquaculture production between now and 2050, and offer recommendations to ensure that aquaculture growth contributes to a sustainable food future.
Read the full report here.
Improving Productivity and Environmental Performance of Aquaculture, Installment 5 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future, explores the potential role of fish farming, i.e., aquaculture in meeting global fish demand in 2050. This chart reveals aquaculture’s growth from 1950-2050, globally, and projects that aquaculture production will need to more than double by midcentury.
How can the world feed more than 9 billion people in 2050 in a manner that advances development and reduces pressure on the environment?
Even if all food produced in 2009 were evenly distributed to all people in 2050, the world would still need 974 more calories per person per day.
The United Nations projects that world population will rise from just over 7 billion in 2012 to nearly 9.6 billion by 2050.