The Future of Food

Demand-Side Interventions

Claire Kremen Responds to Breakthrough's Essay on Wildlife and Farmland

While the land-sparing/land-sharing debate drives much of the discussion around food production and conservation, Kremen argues that its emphasis on the supply side oversimplifies the issue and distracts from the solutions at hand. A demand-side approach, in contrast, would turn the focus away from yields and toward attempts to minimize consumption, waste, and inequity. Such reductions, in turn, could yield huge dividends for both humans and wildlife.

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Video: Wildlife and Food Production on Farmland

In a new essay in The Future of Food series, Breakthrough's Linus Blomqvist unpacks the trade-offs that arise between agricultural productivity and farmland biodiversity. While opportunities do exist to make more room for wildlife on high-yield farms, it remains essential to think globally when it comes to food production and conservation. 

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Food Production and Wildlife on Farmland

Can We Have It All?

What kind of agriculture most benefits biodiversity? In recent years, few questions have animated conservationists and land-use scientists more than this one. Rightly so: agricultural expansion and intensification are leading causes of wildlife declines and habitat loss, and with rising demand for agricultural products, pressures are set to mount even further.

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Responses: The Future of Meat

Maureen Ogle, Jayson Lusk, Judith Capper, Simon Hall, and Alison Van Eenennaam Respond to Breakthrough Essay

As part of Breakthrough's Future of Food series, we have invited experts on food, farming, livestock, and resource use to respond to and critique our research essays. We hope this will be the starting point for an inclusive, productive, and exciting new conversation about twenty-first century food systems. You can read the responses to our Future of Meat essay below.

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Responses: Is Precision Agriculture the Way to Peak Cropland?

Calestous Juma and Mark Lynas Respond to Breakthrough Essay

As part of Breakthrough's Future of Food series, we have invited experts on food, farming, livestock, and resource use to respond to and critique our research essays. We hope this will be the starting point for an inclusive, productive, and exciting new conversation about twenty-first century food systems. You can read the responses to Linus Blomqvist and David Douglas's essay on precision agriculture below.

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Video: The Future of Meat

In the latest essay for our Future of Food series, Marian Swain details how modern, intensive livestock production can offer environmental efficiencies compared to traditional, lower-input systems As global demand for meat grows, the environmental “hoofprint” of livestock production could grow, too. In a world where billions of people want meat on their plates, it will be crucial to leverage the efficiency of intensive systems to meet demand and minimize environmental harm.

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The Future of Food

“The Future of Food” is a Breakthrough research series examining global food consumption, agriculture, and technological innovation. Vital for ensuring a healthy and prosperous global population, and for minimizing humanity’s intrusion into wild nature, building a smart global food system is essential to realizing an ecomodern future.

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