Farming and food production, long-since a Cinderella business, has just become a cool investment space. This month we look at how to make decent returns from feeding the world.
How a world of 9.6 billion people in 2050 is going to feed itself in an environmentally sustainable and humane way is one of the greatest challenges before us. Food security is about to become a major concern in the UK and elsewhere.
I’m talking about the ability to keep a nation of more than 70 million people adequately provisioned in a post-globalisation world of shifting economic allegiances, impediments to free trade and accelerating climate change.
And yet, I’m sensing opportunities. With climate change, in northern latitudes the growing season is getting longer and the variety of crops that can be grown is widening.
It’s time to lift the veil and explore the exciting world of food production. It can only get more important from hereon in.
In fact, economists have been obsessing about food since the dismal science of economics first emerged in the Enlightenment of the 17th century, and even before….