Cape Town – The way South Africans put food on their table has done more damage to the natural environment than any other human enterprise.
“It escalates biodiversity loss, deforestation, desertification and soil degradation, contributes to water scarcity and declining water quality, and is causing widespread damage to marine ecosystems,” said WWF senior manager for Policy and Futures Unit Tatjana von Bormann.
This followed the release of a World Wide Fund for Nature study, Agri-Food Systems: Facts and Futures, which highlights the challenges faced by South Africa and what lies ahead for the future, in terms of food systems.
Von Bormann, who authored the report, said: “Progress must be cross-sectoral and made on all levels. WWF advocates that the necessary transformative change will be driven by inclusive regenerative farming, optimal water use, responsible sourcing, reducing food waste and dietary shift.
“To turn this around, there needs to be a complete transformation of the system with efforts focused on those most affected by the nutritional deficit, namely women and children in low-income communities.”