Last week, the world's population passed the 7 billion landmark. With so many mouths to feed (and so very many hungry already), the question becomes: What can the planet handle? Is there enough food for us all, and with the population continuing to grow, what can we do to ensure enough for the generations ahead?
On a personal level, it's easy: help the rest of the planet accommodate by eating locally grown foods, eating less meat, and wasting less food. On a broader level, though, it will be important for farming to adapt. This means that farming will have to become more efficient and resources will have to be used more wisely.
While those are broad-spectrum issues, we think that employing them in our own food routines will do some good to help feed this burgeoning population.
What do you think? Does the population growth make you think differently about your food habits, and do you think changing personal habits can help affect change worldwide?
Read more about feeding 7 billion outside of Re-Nest:
• 7 Billion and Counting: Can Earth Handle It?
• The Planet Will House 10 Billion People, And We Can Feed Them All
• How to Feed 7 Billion of Us Without Ruining the Planet
• Feeding 7 Billion People: 7 Must-Reads
• Wasting Food? More Studies Prove You Shouldn't
• How To Eat Locally Grown Food All Year Long
• Eat Local to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
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