The food issue

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

As the world population hurtles toward nine billion, our demand for food will increase steadily.

Modus April 2014 - the food issue

At the same time, fast-growing middle classes in India, China and elsewhere mean that more of us are eating meat regularly – which means that every mouthful of food is having a greater environmental impact.

Add to this the challenge presented by climate change – with more unpredictable and extreme weather threatening to make it harder to deliver a reliable crop – and it’s clear that innovation in food production will be one of the major challenges of the next few decades.

So in this edition of Modus, we’re going to be exploring some of the key issues around food, including – perhaps most importantly – how we can produce more of it, without putting an even greater strain on the environment.

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