Well, this is exciting – National Geographic just announced that their entire next issue will surround the way we will be able to feed a world of 9 billion. I really like the amount of research and the exquisite photography that go into their work, so I’m pumped for when it’s out!
As a sneak peek, check out the Feeding 9 Billion online article, written by Jonathan Foley (who gave the TED-talk on “The Other Inconvenient Truth” on my About page!) and illustrated with photography by Jim Richardson, one of my favorite NG photographers, among others. The conclusion of the article is nothing we haven’t heard before – let’s use technology to increase sustainability, develop both biotech and organic methods, reduce food waste and change our diets – but it’s really aesthetically pleasing (particularly how the photography is incorporated) and I think it would be a good introduction for anybody who asks “so what’s the deal with our food system?”, so consider passing it on!
The website dedicated to all things National Geographic and Food, food.nationalgeographic.com, is already amazingly stocked with articles, videos, and reporting that NG has done previously on food and agriculture, which is definitely a handy way of putting more information at our fingertips.
National Geographic have also just launched a new blog, The Plate, along with the hashtag (of course) #futureoffood. Apparently, the blog will host a 9 months discussion on the most important global food issues of our time.
Personally, I can’t wait to read the May issue and am really happy that National Geographic has chosen this topic as one of its priorities throughout 2014. I just hope that they will add to the discussion rather than rehash things that have already been said – but considering their high standard of reporting, I’m not too worried. Welcome to the foodie scene, NG!
Do you like reading National Geographic? Or scrolling through their photography portfolios?