FLOODS, fire, famine. The collapse of industrial civilisation. The end of the world as we know it.
Scientists predict a global catastrophe in the next 30 years if we don’t change our ways now — and Australia won’t be spared.
With the world’s population set to hit nine billion by 2050, demands on the Earth to meet food and water supplies could be stretched so tightly humankind will implode on itself; causing civil wars, relentless terrorism and heightened weather events that will leave the world in tatters.
Supported by the British and US governments the Food System Shock report, released by Lloyds this week and developed by Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute in the UK, suggests a cataclysmic series of events will sweep the world, triggered by a combination of climate change, food and water shortages, energy loss and political instability.
The report, written for the insurance industry, was published in order to assess the risks associated with a global food supply shortage, which is “considered plausible on the basis of past events” and “heightening political instability”.
The theory focuses on the world’s agricultural model and the “increasing pressure” to match supply to demand, as the global population peaks at 9 billion by 2050.
“Global demand for food is on the rise, driven by unprecedented growth in the world’s population, which is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050. To meet the increased demand for food driven by these factors, the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) projects that we must more than double global agricultural production by 2050.
But our “chronic pressure” to keep up with food supply “heightens the system’s vulnerability”.