How will 9 billion people be fed in 2040?

In response to population growth, rampant urbanization and the explosion of the middle classes, world food production will have to increase 50% by 2050.

However, major hurdles will need to be overcome as agriculture will be subject to various pressures going forward: pressure on available farm land, conflicting uses of cereal crops, soil pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change,  increasingly scarce fresh water resources, crop yields, and more.

777 million

people malnourished in 2014; 815 million in 2016.

30%

of energy consumed worldwide is used by the food production and supply chain.

70%

of water extracted worldwide is used by the agricultural sector and only 2% of wastewater is recycled and reused.

Securing food for all

Veolia is already active in every step of the agribusiness chain from farm production to the final consumer, and including processing and distribution. The company develops solutions around its three core areas of business. For energy, the focus is on reducing the consumption of food chain stakeholders and supplying renewable and green energy. For water, it is on using recycled wastewater for crop irrigation. And for waste, the focus is on the production of organic fertilizer from biowaste, or even insect farming to produce alternative sources of protein for animal feed – and why not for humans at a later stage?

 

The food revolution in the next 25 years

“We must adopt a circular economy approach to food.”

Emmanuel Faber, Chairman and CEO of Danone.

 

Veolia is already on board
 

Insect farms for sustainable animal feed

Franck Ducharne et Frédéric Viala, cofounders of Entofood
The black soldier fly’s role in the environment is to break down and recycle organic waste. This natural function of the fly is at the heart of our Entofood project, an efficient circular economy model providing an innovative and sustainable solution to the issue of animal feed. Basically, we are “insect farmers”.