What’s on the horizon for food and agriculture in 2016?
As we wrap up 2015 at Food Tank, we are already looking forward to next year. From food safety law to a heightened focus on food waste, there are so many exciting food and agriculture stories that continue to unfold every day. We’ll continue to cover the most important food issues in 2016, focusing on equity and sustainability in the food system to drive positive change. Here we have selected 16 stories that represent the most exciting food trends for 2016:
1. Beans are finally getting their due—the U.N. General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). Pulses are crops harvested solely for the dry grain, and include crops like lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas. IYP will highlight the potential for these plant-based proteins to improve food security, enrich soils, and increase incomes for farmers around the world.
2. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) LIBERATION project
is highlighting effective ways to reduce—and even reverse—agriculture’s environmental footprint. According to the FAO, food production will need to increase 70 percent by 2050. Ecological intensification—increasing yields through ecosystem services, rather than external inputs—is critical to achieving this goal. Follow Food Tank’s monthly Harvesting the Research series in 2016 to hear from researchers and scientists of the project.
3. The 2016 Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) will take place in Berlin from January 14–16. The international conference focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. The 2016 theme focuses on the importance of urban agriculture for improving food security.