About 75 billion tons of topsoil is lost to land erosion each year. Similarly, desertification is losing 12 million hectares of land, a region that could produce 20 million tons of grains (for those who wonder, that’s the equivalent of Argentina, the 9th largest grain producer in the world in 2019). The world is facing a looming food security disaster with an ever growing number of mouths to feed and with productive agricultural land becoming rarer.
The Future Food
Most of the food processing is actually performed in rural areas, away from larger cities. Traditional farms will continue to play an important role for some crops, where a lot of space is needed (think corn and grain), in the near future or before our soil productivity collapses. Consumer staples with continuous harvesting seasons, such as cucumbers, peppers and lettuce, hydroponics, and other urban indoor farming techniques, may play an important role for other crops.
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