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We all need to eat. But the way we produce and consume food is putting an impossible strain on the planet. It is the single biggest threat to nature today – the agri-food industry is the biggest user of our land and is the cause of most deforestation. It uses the majority of our freshwater and has led to 93% of all our fish stocks being fished to critical levels. It is the single biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Yet, around one third of all food produced never makes it into people’s mouths – it is either lost in the supply chain or thrown away.

The warning signs are clear: climate change, water scarcity, collapsed fish stocks, exhausted and eroded soils, alarming declines in pollinating insects... and the world’s population is set to grow from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion by 2050.

If we want to feed the world it’s clear that our food system needs to change – urgently.

80% of people think more can be done to address the threat the food system poses to nature

World Food Day 2018 survey

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We must work more closely, and across sectors, to accelerate our action and raise awareness of the need for change.

WWF wishes to convene stakeholders from across the food system and integrate decisions that will ensure human and planetary health. Together, we have the power to bring food to the top of the conservation agenda and help deliver tangible results which protect our future.

Our goal is to create sustainable food systems that safeguard the variety of life on Earth while ensuring food security, now and in the future. WWF is working with people around the world to achieve this, focusing on three areas.

  • Sustainable production – improving how our food is grown and farmed
  • Sustainable diets – changing the way we eat for healthier people and planet
  • Food loss and waste – ensuring food goes in our bodies not in the bin

“To realize Food 2.0 we need to increase people’s awareness of where food comes from, and change our behaviours to ensure the proper functioning of our food system.”

João Campari
WWF Food Practice Leader

Planet to plate: what we're doing

To work towards Food 2.0, WWF already has over 100 food-related programmes running across the world in partnerships with governments, food producers, businesses and other non-governmental organisations and will be introducing several global programmes in the coming months.

Our global ambition:

We will work with others to achieve these goals by 2030:

  • Half of area used for agriculture and aquaculture is sustainably managed, with no new areas being converted.
  • Global food waste is halved and post-harvest loss is reduced.
  • Half of food consumption is in line with World Health Organisation/Food and Agriculture Organization dietary guidelines in target countries.

We know there are huge opportunities for the food system to work with nature, not against it. By doing things differently we can stop forests turning into fields, keep rivers flowing, restore soil fertility and reverse the loss of the variety of life on Earth – all while ensuring there’s enough nutritious food for every person, now and in the future. We just need to act with urgency.

Win-win for people and nature

If food is produced more sustainably, distributed fairly and consumed more responsibly, we can improve both human and planetary health.

By improving production efficiency and restoring and reusing farmland, we can keep forests standing and reduce the impact on rivers and oceans – helping to restore wildlife populations and protect the livelihoods of many millions of people.

By changing our consumption patterns and providing access to nutritious food for all, we tackle all forms of malnutrition.

And, finally, by tackling food loss and waste, we can ensure that every calorie counts, making a real difference to climate change and protecting life on our planet.