In 2017, EDA began a study of carrying capacity, the ability of specific environments to meet the food needs of their populations. In 2018, we concluded an in-depth analysis of the food carrying capacity of ten counties in the San Francisco Bay Area bioregion. In 2019, we are developing an interactive GIS map that will help legislators, corporations and the public understand the relationship between carrying capacity and sustainable resource management.
These steps are our initial contribution to addressing the world food crisis, some aspects of which are depicted in the infographic below. Forty million Americans currently experience food insecurity, defined as a lack of steady access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Worldwide, nearly 1 billion people go to sleep hungry every night.
With the world's population expected to grow 34% by 2050, food uncertainty is sure to become a primary concern for all nations. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food production will need to increase by 70% to feed this larger, more urban and richer population.
How will humanity meet the escalating demand for this essential resource? Our research and advocacy for economic democracy – an economic system specifically designed to meet the needs of all – are important parts of the answer.