The global food system is complex and fragile – and the impacts when it fails are deadly. Despite more than enough food being produced to feed the world, there has been a six-fold increase in the number of people living in famine-like conditions since 2020.
Vidal rejects the framing of this as a crisis of food, of which there is plenty. In fact, food production has been rising steadily for decades. “It’s really a crisis of poverty and distribution – people cannot afford to buy food that is there,” he says.
To properly tackle the crisis of hunger, the global food industry has to be diversified so poorer countries aren’t held hostage by a few massive companies and can rely on their own food supplies to feed their people