To prevent dangerous climate change, water scarcity and deforestation we must transform our entire food system.
The food system alone contributes up to a quarter of all global GHG emissions and uses 50% of habitable land and 70% of freshwater withdrawals worldwide. As global economies grow, we must sustainably feed a projected population of nearly 10 billion by 2050.
Meanwhile, climate change and environmental destruction make our current food and agriculture system increasingly vulnerable, which creates significant business risks. These issues impact all stakeholders in the global economy, including companies and investors, cities and governments, and even everyday consumers.
Companies operating in our food system, from fertilizer companies to food retailers worldwide, have an enormous opportunity to unlock ecological solutions and reap financial benefits along the way.
Launched in 2019, CDP’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative endeavours to take a systems value chain approach to demonstrate the direct link and impact of our current food system on emissions, water security and deforestation in order to shift business and procurement practices – ultimately working toward a food system capable of surviving and thriving in a 1.5 °C world.