Food will define the 21st century

Our food creates a quarter of all greenhouse gases. That's more than all cars, trucks, trains, and airplanes combined. Avoiding a climate disaster starts with food.

A world out of balance

When you live in the city, it's easy to forget that we depend on nature. The soil of our land is the living source of food. But our way of farming is slowly killing it. Until eventually, the land can no longer feed us.

More difficult to grow food

Every year we need more energy, more fertiliser, and more water to get food from the land.

soil degradation

Losing Land

The cycle of farming means that every year, an area the size of Iceland is lost to erosion.

Water crisis

While fresh-water is becoming a critical resource, agriculture uses 70% of it.

An extra 2.000.000.000 mouths

How can we feed a growing world population in this vicious cycle?

Using up the land

Our solution to produce more food has always been simple: cut down the forests to make farms. Instead of adjusting our taste to the land, we are adjusting the land to our tastes. But that is no longer possible without devastating consequences.

Limited space

Half of the world's habitable land is already used for agriculture. 800 million people are still underfed and the world population is growing.

Pasture

Livestock feed or fuel

Cropland

Wasting precious land

We use the most land for livestock and its food, which is extremely inefficient. With 100 kg of grain, you can make a lot of bread. But when you feed it to a cow, you only get 4 kg of beef.

Breaking the rules of nature

When we replace complex ecosystems with simple fields and pastures, we try to cheat the rules of nature. Monocultures and overgrazing reduce the biodiversity we depend on.

Clearly, this is unsustainable. There is enough land to feed 10 billion people. But only if we change the food chain.

The answer is on our plates

Few global issues are so clearly connected our daily lives as food. Every day, we make decisions that can restore the balance.

Everyone can make a difference

Returning to a sustainable diet is the most effective solution to climate change. It's cheap, healthy and doesn't require new technology.

Setting the right priorities

The most important decision is whether something comes from animals or plants. Second is wasting less food. Issues such as seasonal, local, and packaging are less important.

Not all meat is created equal

Red meat has the biggest impact because it uses up land while the animals themselves produce methane. A greenhouse gas 30 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

It’s not about banning meat or replacing it with substitutes, but about the proportions. We have to restore the balance of how we fill our plates. This means that recipes are at the core of the solution.

A beautiful future

The beauty of food is that it can not only reduce the negative impact. Food is also the solution to a more beautiful world.

Restoring nature

The traditional approach to farming is dominating the land. By imitating nature it's possible to restore a flourishing environment for plants and animals, while producing healthier food.

Discovering new flavours

Eating more plants opens up new opportunities to experiment with flavour. We are only at the start of exploring how a healthy environment can produce tastier vegetables and how to use them in the kitchen.

A chain reaction

At Fork Ranger, we believe that the effect of food can have ripple effects in other areas of life. Food can be the starting domino for real change.

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