A Report From Oxfam International

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It is no surprise that Global Trends 2030 labels the “growing food, water, and energy nexus” as a “megatrend” that will greatly impact the coming decades, saying that “demand for food, water, and energy will grow by approximately 35, 40, and 50 percent respectively” by 2030. The primary reasons are an increase in the overall population and a rising middle class. Food, water, and energy are critical resources around the world that are all being consumed at unprecedented rates. Which is why it is important to understand that food, water, and energy are finite resources, therefore we need to utilize them more efficiently and effectively. Resource management is a key issue facing the world currently and it looks as if it will be a continuing…show more content…
Food security is a worldwide concern because of the increases in the price of food, food shortage and other various reasons similar to these. These issues are addressed not only by governments but also by many non-governmental organizations. Clearly the issue of food security is a human right that is of the most importance. Agriculture industries must also address agriculture’s relationships with both energy and water as food production is highly dependent on both. Food and energy, for example, have an intriguing codependent relationship. It takes energy to produce food—from the fuel in the tractors to the natural sunlight that helps the plants to grow, and food can also produce energy, like the corn in ethanol. New technologies like hydroponics may help to mitigate energy costs and water use while growing greater bounties in smaller spaces. Today’s global engine runs on hydrocarbons such as coal, oil, and natural gases, with oil leading as the number one source of energy in the world. There are very few experts predicting a change in the model in the next twenty years. As scientists learn more about the environmental damage caused by hydrocarbons, they continue to search for alternative energy sources. Still, there is a rising middle class which in turn leads to more vehicles, more electric-powered appliances, and more coal-powered manufacturing plants. A lot of the northern
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