• Question: do you think that plants could be modified or kept in a certain way so that they can produce enough food for the world?

    Asked by bump360gap to Valerio, Sam on 22 Nov 2019.
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      Sam Lawrence answered on 22 Nov 2019:

      In 2017 the UK threw away 67 tonnes of food waste (DEFRA). About 70% of that was edible food. I don’t think that there’s a problem with how much food the world is producing (think about the total food waste of every country). There’s more of a problem with how the food is distributed. People are too poor to afford food or there’s not enough food being supplied to their region. This needs to be corrected. There’s (in my opinion) stupid laws that mean food waste is thrown by supermarkets when it could otherwise be given to hungry people. Changes in the law, a global rethink of food economics is necessary to solve famine. It’s outrageous that some people have excess wealth whilst others are still starving or deprived of clean water. There’s enough wealth and food on the planet, it just needs to be distributed fairly!