How can we solve hunger when the global population is rising?


Field of corn with sun shining in background

Oct 16, 2021 | Case Study

Today is World Food Day. To many people, access to fresh, nutritious food is ‘normal’ – something taken for granted. But today, over 3 billion people don’t have access to a healthy diet. Paradoxically, a third of all food produced is never consumed. Reducing food loss and waste is essential to solving hunger in a world where the number of people affected by hunger is on the rise. It also can help our environment: about 8-10 percent of emissions driving the climate crisis can be attributed to food waste and loss, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Climate change, water shortages, soil erosion and a rapid growth in global population are making it increasingly difficult to grow enough nutritious food for all. If we can’t manage to feed the world’s population today, imagine the challenge to feed approximately 9.7 billion people on our planet by 2050…

Ultimately, food security relies on the entire supply chain – from farm to fork, so to speak. By taking a holistic approach through agriculture, transport and packaging, our industry can collaborate to create innovations that are designed for recyclability and that will contribute to more efficient food production and more effective food conservation.

What can we do today to help solve this global challenge, impacting so many around the world? There is no one answer. But through technical support, circular food packaging innovation and partnership building, we are committed to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2-Zero Hunger. In fact, we are using our materials science to help catalyze collaborations and innovations across the food value chain that could create long-lasting impact at the grassroots and global level. Let us highlight a few examples:

By working collectively to define “what” a positive food systems future looks like and “how” to achieve it, we can find paths to better production, better nutrition and a better environment for all.