There's Not Enough Vegetables Grown To Feed The World Properly

The world has many producers, one of which are agricultural,  however, even the vast farms don't seem to be enough to maintain the human population, at least on an effective diet.

According to The Spec, a study was released in a scientific journal known as PLOS ONE. The information covers how agricultural practices seem to be overproducing grains, sugars, and fats, rather than growing three times more produce to be on a level that some nutritionists would recommend for people to consume.

To feed everyone according to the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate ( HHEP) platform, production of fruits and vegetables need to be around fifteen servings per person. Now the issue lies in how much is truly being produced. 2011 production data from the United Nations suggests that current agricultural practices only produce around five servings.

On top of that, there is also a mild decrease in protein production. HHEP recommends that each person get five servings per day, however, there's only enough production for three.


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The study also suggested that an increased production of fruits and vegetables could lead to a reduced amount of livestock needed. This would ultimately limit the effect on the environment from having to feed and generally care for the animals.

The solution to the problem is not simple. Since there are many considerations taken into account, growing more fruits and vegetables would not solve it. However, what may help is moving away from the government subsidies that focus on the production of crops that are already widely produced. What this means is that it would encourage farmers to diversify what they grow by giving them money for that specific product.

There's also the issue of how much land agricultural production takes. This is why simply increasing the size of farms would not always work as they would then require more time to plant, harvest, and transport. However, one solution could be doing what many indoor, microgreen farmers do. Many of them use hydroponics, which, in the right hands can produce a large quantity of product in a small environment and in a faster time frame than traditional farms. However, the issue with this is that it's expensive and requires a lot of time and effort, as well as a facility, which can add to the costs.


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