Sustainability of the food system is a complex global issue that encompasses three major dimensions of sustainability: economy, environment and society. To ensure that future food systems become more efficient, and more sustainable in the process, it will be essential to move towards more circular practices.
As meat consumption rises, its impact on the environment, human health and animal welfare becomes of increasing concern. Protein diversification will become an important factor in mitigating these concerns and aid in combating the negative environmental and human health effects resulting from industrialised meat production and over-consumption.
As consumers become more aware of what they consume and in which environment they consume it, food will regain some of the meaning that it has lost through an age of consumption. Food will grow to become a means of both social and personal development. It will facilitate social inclusion and act as a means for mental, physical and cultural nurturing. Food will become a medium through which we learn to care.
Biodiversity is increasingly being recognised for both its social and environmental importance. Almost synonymously, crop and societal diversity are essential for functioning life on Earth. Diversity in a food system offers both strength and resilience to that food system while supporting nearly everything that we eat and drink. By conserving this diversity we not only work towards a more sustainable future but also a more inclusive one. By embracing difference (diversity and biodiversity) we can support history, traditions, beliefs and individual identity while building a system based on food security and inclusivity.
In an ever-changing world with an increasingly burdened environment, it is essential to promote human settlements that are environmentally sustainable, resilient, socially inclusive, safe and violence-free and economically productive. As cities and settlements continue to develop and
grow, increased emphasis will be placed on reconnecting to the natural world around us. These areas will become greener and eventually evolve to become a new form of urban jungle. Rural and urban environments will draw from one another’s strength to create a more sustainable environment for all.