The world is growing more crops – but not for food
January 31, 2023
- Only 37% of crops currently grown are used directly for domestic food consumption, which is a cause for concern for the 50 countries that may face food insecurity by 2030, if trends were to continue.
- The most in-demand crops have many, often conflicting, uses across animal feed, export, processing, industry, seed and food waste.
- The proportion of cropland used to grow crops directly consumed by humans is declining, with non-food crops accounting for more than 70% of cropland by 2030.
- Non-food crops have seen higher yields and faster yield gains in the last 50 years, compared to food crops.
- Regional variances of crop use affects domestic food security globally
Access article: World Resources Institute (https://www.wri.org/insights/crop-expansion-food-security-trends)