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The $10 trillion benefits of overhauling our food system

A hand holds one bundle of chard above a pile of more bundles.
Bundles freshly harvested chard. | Photo by Waltraud Grubitzsch/picture alliance via Getty Images

One of the most ambitious assessments yet of our global food system calculates the health, environmental, and economic losses of business as usual. It also outlines what governments can do to reap trillions of dollars’ worth of benefits by producing food more sustainably.

All in all, the damages caused by the current system — how food is produced, marketed, and consumed — add up to $15 trillion in losses a year. That includes health costs associated with poor nutrition, biodiversity loss, climate change, and other environmental harms. “In short, our food systems are destroying more value than they create,” says the report published today by economists and scientists with the Food System Economics Commission (FSEC).

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