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Cranfield Strategic Foresight: Emerging issues shaping future food production and consumption in cities

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What emerging issues might influence how food is produced and consumption in cities (i.e. 30 yrs from now)?

e.g. could some of the changes we are experiencing during the pandemic have a lasting influence on our food consumption behaviour in the future?

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century. “My belief is that we will see a renaissance of violent conflict in the 21st century, and that many of these conflicts will spring from climate change.”

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century

That’s what Harald Welzer, author of Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century, told me in a recent interview. A professor at the University of Flensburg in Germany, Welzer studies the cultural and political implications of climate change. His book, first published in 2012, was rereleased in paperback in October. After a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation warning that climate change is likely to cause the largest refugee crisis in human history, I reached out to Welzer to discuss his book, which is a foreboding look at humanity’s future in a world shaped, increasingly, by climate change.

Twentieth-century wars were fought over land, religion, and economics. “Ideology will always be a surface-level justification for conflict,” he told me. Our full conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows. Perhaps. J.1574 0862. Food Consumption & Demand. Government Control of Your Diet: Threats to “Freedom to Eat” Many politicians and self-appointed nutrition czars see Americans as incapable of making decisions about a basic necessity of life: eating.

Government Control of Your Diet: Threats to “Freedom to Eat”

Therefore, they feel that government at all levels must try to control their diets. This control means trying to direct people to eat a certain way or expressly prohibiting or banning the consumption of certain foods. Government should respect the voluntary choices made by individuals when it comes to their diets. The current path of government intervention is leading to greater restrictions on citizens’ freedoms that could eventually result in federal food bans.

The Government-Control Mindset Two former Agriculture Secretaries, Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman, recently demonstrated the government-control mindset when writing about the Obamacare menu labeling requirement[1]: The primary justification made for government intervention is the public’s inadequate information regarding nutrition. In reality, the public already has plenty of information. Food Politics. How are our food choices both personal and political?

Food Politics

What’s wrong with our industrial food system? How do corporations and government influence our food choices? What about personal responsibility? Don’t people know that eating unhealthy food is bad for you? Why can’t people just choose to eat healthy foods? Global Food & Drink Trends 2021. The events of 2020 caused a fundamental reset in human behaviour.

Global Food & Drink Trends 2021

Recognising this transformation, Mintel’s 2021 Global Food and Drink Trends are inspired by recent shifts in consumer purchases and attitudes across industries. Through collaboration with consumer analysts and insights from Mintel Trends, a global team of food and drink experts have identified new opportunities in line with three of the Mintel Trend Drivers: Wellbeing, Value, and Identity. Consumer behavior and purchase intention for organic food: A review and research agenda. Outline AbstractKeywords1.

Consumer behavior and purchase intention for organic food: A review and research agenda

Millennial eating decisions: healthy, convenience, social ... For years, millennials have been accused of killing a number of classic American goods and services.

Millennial eating decisions: healthy, convenience, social ...

USA TODAY For the past few years, millennials have been accused of killing a number of things from napkins to motorcycles to homeownership to marriage and divorce. And food, at least in some categories. We can add to that list beer, cereal, American cheese, and canned tuna among others. It matters what and how millennials eat because that demographic – people ages 23 to 38 (the range can vary slightly) – is projected to overtake the Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation this year. A food politics of the possible? Growing sustainable food systems through networks of knowledge. Akram-Lodhi, H. 2012.

A food politics of the possible? Growing sustainable food systems through networks of knowledge

Contextualising land grabbing: contemporary land deals, the global subsistence crisis and the world food system. Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d’études du développement 33(2): 119–142.Article Google Scholar ALUS (Alternative Land Use Services). 2013. Home. Accessed 24 Aug 2013.Andree, P., P. Ballamingie, and B. Supporting future food production may be'vertical agriculture 'performed at plant factories instead of fields. May 19, 2020 06:00:00 In recent years, instead of conventional farming in the fields, ' vertical agriculture ' has attracted attention because it can grow crops with almost no water and can effectively use a small space.

Supporting future food production may be'vertical agriculture 'performed at plant factories instead of fields

A movie that explains the possibility of such vertical agriculture is available on YouTube. Why Vertical Farming is the Future of Food-YouTube People living in the 21st century have a major need to transform traditional agriculture. The population of the earth is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 ... It is pointed out that more food needs to be produced than ever before as the population grows. The future of food and agriculture: Trends and challenges. Elsevier Enhanced Reader.

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