Exploring and prototyping alternative methods for food production in cities

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Exploring and prototyping alternative methods for food production in cities

The rapid urbanization of recent decades is just the beginning of an ever-steeper growth curve. By 2050, the proportion of people living in urban areas will have surged to 70 percent. Over the last decade, we have seen shifts in the global economic power balance from West to East, as well as growing middle classes in emerging economies where standards of living and purchasing power are improving. In 2030, there will be nearly 8.3 billion people in the world. Combined with the consumption patterns of an expanding middle class, the demand for resources will grow substantially. The world will need 50 percent more energy, 40 percent more clean water and 35 percent more food. “Food is going to be the biggest challenge,” said Steffannia Russo, project lead, SPACE10/IKEA. “There will be a major lack of resources. The UN estimates we will need 70% more food within the next 35 years.” Continue reading “Exploring and prototyping alternative methods for food production in cities”