November 2009
Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna

Eating the Planet: Feeding and fuelling the world sustainably, fairly and humanely – a scoping study

The surging demands of a growing and increasingly affluent world population are confronting the natural world with mounting pressures. Human use of the earth’s land for agriculture, forestry or infrastructure is degrading the ability of many ecosystems to deliver vital services to humanity. While modern agricultural technologies have resulted in rapid increases in yields and efficiencies, they have also caused significant and widespread negative environmental effects.


June 2009

The Resource Outlook to 2050: by how Much do Land, Water and Crop Yields Need to Increase by 2050?

This paper discusses the natural resource implications of the latest FAO food and agriculture baseline projections to 2050 (FAO, 2006a). These projections offer a comprehensive (food and feed demand, including all foreseeable diet changes, trade and production) and consistent picture of the food and agricultural situation in 2030 and 2050. The main purpose of this paper is to provide an indication of the additional demands on natural resources derived from the crop production levels in 2030 and 2050 as foreseen in the FAO 2006 projections.