Food Sustainability: Is Food Going To Run Out?

We have all seen how the pandemic affects individuals’ buying habits, taking toilet paper, for instance, or cleaning agents or hand sanitizers. Individuals hoard as if filling up their storage rooms in their imaginary bunkers.

Hoarding is never a great thing and just worsens the product shortage that already has a limited making. The first to get clean on shopping aisles were frequently disinfectants, as health experts and news outlets reiterated the significance of cleaning surfaces and washing hands.

Sure, it was not Black Friday, and individuals minimized contact through social distancing and equipping face masks, but individuals lined up outside Target and Walmart and endured the weather conditions just to get their share of supplies.

Key Food Products That Have Been Impacted By The Pandemic Directly:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has listed a few key food products that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic directly.

  • Cereals were mentioned to have a steady supply and demand, and they estimated that this breakfast commodity’s production is set to surpass 2020’s record of 2.6 percent.
  • Conversely, the meat will see a decline by a fall of 1.7 percent because of the COVID-19 market disruption and animal diseases. The international meat trade is anticipated to progress, although at a slower rate, and the major exporter will be China. Costs for meat have fallen by 8.6 percent since January of last year.
  • The FAO also estimated the decrease in the demand for seafood items, mainly because of the perishable nature. Global salmon and shrimp products are anticipated to have further slowed production, and farming for seafood in Asia will be delayed until July or June. India will also expect a drop of thirty to forty percent.
  • For the first time in 3 years, there’ll be a worldwide deficit in sugar production. Such decline has begun in the middle of 2017 and will not see a revival in the growth anytime soon.
  • Milk production worldwide is a bit resistant to the changes in the market but is anticipated to fall by four percent. For growth, a 0.8 percent increase is anticipated.

For the majority of such products, a production decline will be observable. However, the agricultural division has shown resilience to the pandemic.

Alternatives To Meat:

The recent developments in food science will make sure that there’ll be a balanced supply of meat alternatives. With meat production greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists are turning to plant-based choices.

Bioreactor meat is made by cultivating fish or animal cells in the nutrient bath, consequential in synthetic meat. A few have taken a glance into decreasing meat consumption and are contemplating the insect-based diets that can also be a great protein source. Ground crickets, anybody?

Impacts Of The Pandemic On The Ecological Systems:

But the COVID-19 pandemic has also permitted ecological systems to really recover. A decrease in the production of contaminants owing to industries halting operations had extremely major effects on the biosphere.

The small-scale farmers have added to their efforts of delivering local and organic food, using technology as a medium for shipping goods, and utilizing the Internet as a marketing platform. Away from farms, fishing fleets have delayed their activities which will permit time for diverse fish populations to really recover.

In the European waters, herrings will double their population. The coastlines have also permitted sea turtles to lay their eggs the case in the Bay of Bengal, and the vehicular collisions with the wildlife such as elk, bears, mountain lions, and deer, have dropped by fifty-eight percent in the US. What it denotes is that the ecological systems are stabilizing, and nearby plant life inaccessible resources will achieve normalcy.

Post Pandemic Situation:

But after the pandemic, humanity as a collective will try to collect such renewed resources. A major part of the population has, for the time being, used micro-agriculture to compensate for the lack of access to different food items.

A few startups have concentrated on capitalizing on modular farming as opposed to extensive farming practices with the aim of offering people a steady supply while addressing the continuing issue of increased worldwide carbon footprint.

So humanity isn’t going to starve. We’ve reduced the production of a few food items, but the huge hurdle is how the rest of the populace has access to it. With the use of technology, it ought not to be a difficult issue to resolve. A post-apocalyptic Hunger Games future isn’t happening anytime, although we would appreciate it if individuals volunteered to assist each other out.

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