Leverage points for improving global food security and the environment

J. S. Gerber, P. M. Engstrom, N. D. Mueller, K. A. Brauman, K. M. Carlson, E. S. Cassidy, M. Johnston, G. K. MacDonald, D. K. Ray, S. Siebert, P. C. West
  • Science, July 2014, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • DOI: 10.1126/science.1246067

Leverage points for improving global food security and the environment

What is it about?

We present an analysis identifying key "global leverage points" that offer the best opportunities to improve both global food security and environmental sustainability. We find that a relatively small set of places and actions could provide enough new calories to meet the basic needs for more than 3 billion people, address many environmental impacts with global consequences, and focus food waste reduction on the commodities with the greatest impact on food security.

Why is it important?

These leverage points in the global food system can help guide how nongovernmental organizations, foundations, governments, citizens' groups, and businesses prioritize actions.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1246067

The following have contributed to this page: Dr Stefan Siebert and Kate A Brauman