Technology in a bottle: the story of C4L tech

Technology in a bottle: the story of C4L tech

Think of what matters more to you than anything else in the world. It is likely to be someone, not something. People matter more than anything. The story that I want to tell you today is about the future of humans, but more importantly the future of the little one you now hold dear. Your young child, your grandchild or the unborn baby which is still only a dream in your heart and a sparkle in your eye.

A toxic environment

Future generations deserve a life where their basic needs are provided for. They deserve a planet that can support their livelihoods and desires. Yet, currently, our natural world and planet are facing challenges like it has never done before, and along with that the future for our little ones and their descendants looks gloomy. Our environment, the water, the air is polluted and toxic in many, and particularly urban, areas. Globally, almost no part of the earth is left unscathed by harmful human activities due to mining, the use of fossil fuels, agriculture, and other human activities. Particularly in developing nations, due to this pollution, the general environment, including water and air is becoming more unsafe for humans, rendering the environment toxic, and not suitable for healthy living.

A growing population

Moreover, the human population is rapidly growing and is forecast to reach ten billion in the next 20 years. Yet, it is not the actual number of humans that will place a massive burden on the planet, but our wealth and our level of consumption. As we become wealthier, we consume food from a wider diversity of sources, and most notably more meat, which is energy-intensive to produce. With wealth also comes the consumption of goods and services, all which place strain on the resources of the natural environment.

So, it is not so much about the human population growing, but far more about the growing needs of the growing population and how to uphold the quality of life that we have become accustomed to. The quality of life that we all desire. How to sustainably keep the diversity of food on our tables, while producing clothes, medicine, furniture, cosmetics, and other goods continually from a finite resource base, while our needs remain infinite (we always want more!).

A shortage of land

According to Jason Clay from the World Wildlife Foundation, we need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as in the past eight thousand. This has massive implications on the way we produce food. About 50% of global land use is already dedicated to agriculture. There is not much land to which agricultural production can expand. This holds particularly true in developed countries. Of this 50% land, 77% is dedicated to the production of livestock for meat and dairy and 23% is dedicated to the production of crops. Despite most of the land being dedicated to animal husbandry – only 18% of calories that humans consume is generated from this industry. Conversely, the land used for crop production results in 82% of the calorific supply to the human diet.

From these statistics, we can see that plant-based food is less resource-intensive, and therefore a better choice when considering the sustainability of the planet. It is also based on this perspective that many humans are shifting their diets more to plant-based foods. Interest is also growing in creating artificially grown meat products as well as introducing insect protein, a much more sustainable source of protein than that of animals, into human diets.The full article is for subscribed members only. To view the full article please subscribe. It’s FREE!Log In Register



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