The future of food is complex. The number of hungry people is at record heights, food prices are higher than ever, and some ways of producing and processing food contribute to climate change, environmental damage, and foodborne illness. At the same time, the potential of innovation, governance, and collaboration to solve these problems has never been greater.
The future of food intersects with the foundations of everyday life – health, climate change, political stability, social justice, and economics. We are at a pivotal moment in the history of food. It is imperative that we learn the lessons from the global pandemic about the fragility of our food systems, so that society can come out of the current situation stronger. To do so, a shared vision and commitment to a sustainable food strategy are required.