5 Foods to Sustain a Growing Population


With the world population expected to reach 10 billion by the year 2050, we should say that we will be certainly running short of food if the world is to be fed.

The Food Security Forum held in Dubai recently reported that climate is resulting in dwindling food supplies and almost 800 million people in the world today are lacking food security. On the other hand, efforts are on for developing new crops including GMOs that still remain controversial. With all these issues stressing the environment and the ever-growing population, what are the foods that will gain prominence? Well, here is our take on 5 foods that have the potential to feed the world.

1. Quinoa

The Quinoa is an important crop in Peru and Bolivia. The UAE is considering this super grain food as a significant player in its agricultural sector as this plant is very well adapted to growing in salty conditions to which UAE’s saline soils are home. Quinoa is packed with nutrients and eight important amino acids. Plus, its diversity to be used as a breakfast cereal, flour, leafy vegetable and as animal feed make it one of the best foods to bet on.

2. Kale

Kale has more iron than beef and milk. And as nutritionists all over the world are suggesting to include more plant based food in our diet, Kale could easily become one of the important food stuffs very soon. In Europe, Kale is said to be the most popular food since the Middle Ages. Dark green vegetables such as Kale have a very good nutritional profile with amounts of vitamins including calcium.

3. Seaweed

These microalgae are popular food especially in Asia. They are full of essential fatty acids and contain large amounts of proteins and minerals. They are also associated with a lot of health benefits including the strengthening of the immune system. Being very nutritious and free of any chemicals also makes them a favourite food among many. There are above 100 types of seaweed available and as it also grows very fast and doesn’t compete with farming on land. Spirulina also falls among this food type.

4. Forest Foods

Forests play an important role in providing food security for us. In fact, sourcing food from forests benefits mankind in two ways: it fights climate change and also eliminates malnutrition. Naturally grown foods in forests like nuts and berries are a good source of proteins and vitamins too. Creating agro-forests is also a good way to balance the forest ecosystem. Foods that fall under this category include berries, fungi and also bush meat.

5. Lab-Grown Meat

Laboratory grown meat or clean meat, as it is called, was introduced more than five years ago with the first lab-grown beef burger. In addition to providing continuous food supply, this meat also reduces water and energy usage as compared to meat procured from farm animals. However, the nutritional value and the fat content of this meet still needs to be improved.