Who will feed the world? - Real causes and real solutions to the so-called global food crisis

Publication - July 3, 2008
Millions of people around the world are suffering food shortages, unaffordable food prices and hunger. This is due to a number of factors: industrial farming, bad harvests related to climate change, unjust distribution of food, rising oil prices, changes in consumption patterns, financial speculation on agricultural commodities and the rush for agrofuels.

Executive summary: There is no single solution to the crisis. Greenpeace urges all stakeholders to address the underlying causes of the current food crisis by:

- Increasing public investment in research and development on ecological and climate change-resilient farming

- Halting funding for genetically modified (GM) crops and prohibiting patents on seeds

- Eliminating environmentally destructive agricultural subsidies supporting chemical-intensive farming

- Dropping mandatory targets to increase the ratio of agrofuels used in transport

Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU GMO campaign director, said: "There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the current increase in food prices. Any claim that a single technology, such as genetically modified (GM) plants, is a silver bullet for our future food supply is plainly false and distracts attention from the real solutions. Modern, bio-diverse, non-GM farming methods that ensure higher yields, that are more climate resilient, which do not destroy natural resources and can provide better livelihoods for farmers around the world are the only way forward."

Num. pages: 4