Our Food System
is Broken

About the urgency of changing our food system

By Daniel Skaven Ruben 
FoodHack Summit 2022 | Official Teaser
Our food system has helped decrease worldwide undernourishment from 50% in 1945 to less than 10% today, despite the fact that the global population has increased from 2.5 billion to almost 8 billion people in the same time. 

This was made possible with the help of fertilizer, improved seeds, irrigation and better machinery, which increased yields massively. 

And yet, our food system
is failing …

It’s not nourishing us.

Today, poor diets is the leading risk factor for disease, disability, and premature death -- more than drug use, alcohol use, and tobacco use combined. In fact, 11 million people die prematurely every year due to poor diets. The foods that are the cheapest and most readily available are slowly killing us. And people everywhere are under consuming the foods that protect human health; fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, omega-3, nuts and seeds.

It’s not sustainable.

The food system accounts for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, 70% of all freshwater use, and 50% of all
vegetated land use. It’s the leading cause of biodiversity loss, soil degradation, and marine ecosystem destruction. And it’s incredibly wasteful; in fact, one-third of all food produced in the world is wasted.

And there are other issues too.

The system is contributing to antimicrobial resistance, is increasing the likelihood of future pandemics, and is not providing fair returns to the people who produce and distribute our foods. 

Policy and education will go a long way in advancing a better food system - but science, technology and innovation are also part of the answer.

But, a new wave of
entrepreneurs
are tackling these issues.

Come meet us at the FH Summit