Report Finds Unhealthy Food Production Makes Healthy Eating Impossible
A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, says that hidden killers caused by food production are making healthy eating impossible for people around the world. Cities and Circular Economy for Food finds that excessive use of pesticides, antibiotics in livestock farming, and poor management of fertilizers could lead to five million deaths a year globally by 2050. The Foundation sets out a vision for a new system based on circular economy principles, where food is grown locally and in a way that regenerates natural resources, waste is eliminated through better redistribution and by-product use, and healthy food is produced without the need for harmful practices. The report finds that eliminating waste and improving health through the circular economy could be worth $2.7 trillion a year to the global economy.