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What will we eat in 2050?

Will we be able to feed 10 billion people by 2050? And at what cost to climate and biodiversity? These are questions that regularly crop up in the sustainable food debate. The answers often involve a lot of emotion and sometimes lack figures.

KU Leuven and Wageningen University publish animation video on food security

Food security in numbers

Scientists from KU Leuven and Wageningen University joined forces to list some facts. Marijn Raeven poured that information into an eight-minute animation video. Chris MacAskill, scientist and founder of Plant Chompers, provided the voice-over.

Making the food system more sustainable is a complex issue that requires targeted measures. Figures show the urgency of the issue. About 30 per cent of the population is undernourished and 40 per cent is overweight. Agriculture has a huge impact or environment and climate, while the farmer himself is increasingly confronted with the consequences of global warming, a decline in biodiversity and income under pressure.

The video is voiced by Chris MacAskill, founding father of the popular YouTube channel Plant Chompers. Plant Chompers offers informative stories on nutrition and health.

The creators of the animation video were able to count on the financial support of VLIR-UOS.

Global Food Security Conference

The fifth Global Food Security Conference will take place in Leuven in April 2024. Central theme of the conference is the transition to a just, sustainable and resilient food system. Tessa Avermaete (KU Leuven) and Martin van Ittersum (Wageningen University & Research) share the chairmanship of this event.

The close collaboration between the two institutions is at the heart of the development of the animation video. The scientific content for the video was provided by Gerard Govers, Martin van Ittersum, Tessa Avermaete, Wannes Keulemans and Olivier Honnay. Marijn Raeven structured the input and developed the matching animation.