Can We Have Enough Food and Bioenergy, Too?

Having access to adequate food and nutrition is essential to human survival. Having access to adequate energy supplies is also key to human development. In the shift to a fully renewable, sustainable energy economy that is needed to avert harmful climate change, both needs will have to be fulfilled for a growing global population – especially for the roughly two billion people who today lack access to adequate nutrition and energy. Most of that food and much of that energy will necessarily come from the land for the foreseeable future. A recent report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems Work for People and Climate: An Overview, explores this challenge and finds that it can be done – if it is done the right way.