Delivering food security without increasing pressure on land

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The challenge of feeding 9 to 10 Billion people by 2050 may seem like a big enough challenge in itself, but we also need to achieve this feat whilst, at the same time, reducing adverse impacts of food production on a whole range of ecosystem services. One suggested response is “sustainable intensification” which entails delivering safer, nutritious food from the same area whilst maintaining ecosystem service provision. In this review, I examine sustainable intensification and consider alternatives such as management of food demand and waste reduction. I conclude that sustainable intensification has a role to play, but this must be accompanied by fundamental change in global food systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-23
Number of pages6
JournalGlobal Food Security
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • diet change
  • ecosystem services
  • food demand
  • food production
  • food security
  • sustainable intensification
  • journal
  • resilience
  • GlFoodSecJ
  • excluded
  • SI
  • Yields
  • land use
  • SI alternatives
  • land availability


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