Building a food-secure world is one of the greatest issues of our time.

To address it, we all need to understand the challenges we face. Educate yourself about the issues. Get informed about the different points of view. Find out more about the solutions that will help us create a food-secure world.

What does it mean to be sustainable?

Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in harmony.  In a sustainable world, the social, environmental and economic requirements of the present population are met in ways that protects the world that will feed future generations.

Sustainability is assessed by the three pillars of economic viability, environmental soundness, and social responsibility:

Social Responsibility:

Animal health is linked to human health. We share one earth, and sick animals directly impact humans. On every continent, individuals and families are struggling with finding reliable, affordable access to nutritious foods. This lack of food security has major consequences—not just for human health, but for our economies and societies. Ensuring safe food for growing populations requires having respect for animals so they remain healthy and well-cared.

Environmental Soundness:

Environmental soundness involves minimizing environmental impact through conservation of natural resources (water, land, energy) and the reduction of waste. It currently takes a little over one and a half years to regenerate the resources we consume annually. On this course, by 2030 we’ll require double the planet’s resources to meet our annual consumption.

Economic Viability:

An economically viable agricultural system promotes an affordable and secure supply of food for the consumer and provides the opportunity for farmers and producers to make a living wage. Keeping animals healthy and productive means more protein at a more affordable price for consumers, and also helps farmers support themselves and their community. For example, a sick dairy cow may mean the loss not only of an important food source for a family, but also the loss of wealth and livelihood.

Sources:

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Sustainable development - concept and action. Retrieved from http://www.unece.org/oes/nutshell/2004-2005/focus_sustainable_development.html

Earth Overshoot Day. Home Page. Retrieved from http://www.overshootday.org/

Global Footprint Network. World Footprint: Do we fit on the planet? 12 March 2015. Retrieved from http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/world_footprint/

World Health Organization. Veterinary public health (VPH). Retrieved from http://www.who.int/zoonoses/vph/en/

The four pillars of the ENOUGH Movement offer a sustainable blueprint for addressing some of the most pressing issues that contribute to food insecurity.  By focusing on these pillars, the world CAN produce enough – while preserving our environment and considering animal welfare.

Innovation

We must leverage the innovations and technological advances that will allow us to produce more food without using more resources. Through available, proven, and safe practices, farmers can produce more affordable food, more sustainably.

Increasing Agricultural Output

Increasing Milk Production

Innovation Could Save Farmland and Water

Innovation Makes an Impact

The Egg Production Reality

Beef: We Can Have ENOUGH

Milk: We Can Have ENOUGH

Pork: We Can Have ENOUGH

Eggs: We Can Have ENOUGH

Choice

The right choice is not the same for everyone--and this includes farmers, businesses, and consumers. We all have the responsibility to avoid making choices that will cause harm to others. Within that framework, how we choose to run our farms or feed our families is up to us.

We Must Produce More with Less

What Does Cost Have to Do with It?

The Need for Antibiotics

Access

Reducing key global trade barriers is one of the most effective ways to eliminate hunger and provide nutritious, sustainable, and affordable food for all. We cannot allow politics or economic conditions to trump food security.

Food Must Move

Food Insecurity around the World

Higher Demand

Reduce Barriers

The Impact of Trade

Nutrition

Nutrition is a crucial part of global health and development. More nutritious food leads to better health, which leads to increased brain development, improved productivity, and more overall human potential realized. Protein--including animal protein--is a vital part of a healthy, nourished diet.

Nutrition Impacts Learning

Filling the Protein Gap

The Global Impact of Hunger

We Still Have Progress to Make