26 Aug 2013 -- The theme of the 2013 poster contest is 'Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems'
What is a food system?
Food systems are how we grow, process, package, transport, store, market, purchase and eat our food.
If we are not careful, our food systems can be harmful to the environment. Food systems use a lot of water, create harmful greenhouse gases, and ultimately affect every plant and animal on the planet.
The total population on Earth is expected to hit 9 billion by 2050. To feed everyone, food production will have to increase dramatically.
We believe that it is possible to do this without harming the environment, and in a way that gives poor farmers a fair return for their efforts. But food systems will have to change for the better. We will need new methods and technologies in all parts of the food system. Food shoppers will need to learn more about how their habits and choices affect farmers, and the environment.
Each of us has the power to help change our food systems. By eating nutritious food and reducing the amount of waste we create, we can help make our food systems more sustainable.
Food systems connect us all. Let’s be part of a worldwide change that leads to a healthy future – for ourselves and for our planet.
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