If scientific predictions are confirmed, it will be necessary to double our food production by 2050 to feed nine billion people. However, the global food system is already fragile. Where can we look for a solution so that the planet can feed us all?
When farmers in Tanzania discovered the amazing effect of pesticides thanks to which they harvested twice as much corn, they started to call the chemicals “medicine”. After a few years the pests became resistant and more and more “medicine” was needed. Besides, the soil was weaker and so was the harvest. After implementing organic agricultural methods and overcoming the first five weaker years before nutrients returned to the soil, the profits grew again. Farmers don’t have to buy expensive chemicals, more money stays in their pockets, and we don’t even need to mention the benefits such approach has for the natural environment.
Could organic farming save the world? German film The Food Race looks at the positive as well as negative sides to various approaches to food production. Around the world – in Brazil, Tanzania, England or America – it shows problems that scientists, farmers and food producers need to face in their effort to help create a sustainable and sufficiently effective food system.