Global Food Security: Man-Made Threats
Delivered December 15, 2019. Contributor: Dagmawit W.
To obtain a list of the major man-made threats to global food security.
Global Food Security
poor management practices
pose a real threat to the global food supply.
is a great contributing factor. Clearing land for
is a practice that has cleared
, mangroves, and grasslands which eventually
Such activities expose these regions to massive shifts in
which could result in
Human beings have failed to protect the
. Within the past
of the world's vegetated land has become less and less productive.
Many species that would
affect the growth of crops have reduced which has affected the harvest volumes.
The species that are under the
are plants, birds, and fish and fungi.
It is also important to note that
also face these threats.
of vertebrate pollinators face extinction.
Trees, meadows, and grasslands are converted into
Additionally, we see
of water supplies, increase in
especially in large cities, and
are shifting. People are increasingly exposed to foods from other regions.
Even though food production has
globally, the world depends heavily on
nine main species
: sugar cane, maize, rice, wheat, potatoes, soybeans, oil-palm fruit, sugar beet, and cassava.
Wastage of Water
of the world's population is living in places that experience
This wastefulness has created
large tracks of land with salt, and
Currently, the global fishing fleet is
more than the ocean's ecosystem can handle.
of the global fisheries are currently fully exploited and
are either depleted, over exploited, or recovering.
Toxins and Pollutants
In the 21st century,
are a great part of our everyday life. These pollutants are not only affecting the environment but also
us and our children
The amount of
sprayed on crops has increased
over the past
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