More than 80 percent of the world’s natural resources are under threat of extinction and are facing “significant environmental, social, economic and economic challenges,” according to the U.N.’s latest report.
In terms of human life, nearly 20 percent of all humans worldwide have been killed in conflict, according to a report published Wednesday by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
The report notes that a staggering 77 percent of humanity is under the most-frequent threat of hunger, as well as extreme weather conditions and infectious diseases.
“It is a sobering fact that the world faces a growing threat of climate change, of global food security, and of widespread water scarcity, and the magnitude of these challenges will only increase as climate change continues,” said the report, entitled The Next Big Food Security Challenge.
In particular, the report says that the threat of food insecurity is a global threat, with a projected global food shortfall of 9.4 billion calories by 2050.
The report says these are projected to rise to more than 10 billion calories within 50 years.
Food security is critical to the continued survival of humanity, the UN report says.
“Food security for humanity is crucial to our well-being and prosperity,” said FAO Executive Director Agnes Callamard in a statement.
“We cannot continue to grow our populations without food.”
The UN report notes the world population is growing at a rate of 6 percent a year, but this figure is projected to drop to 2.5 percent by 2050 and 1.9 percent by 2100.
The UN also said that by 2050, nearly 1 billion people in developing countries will be hungry, with hunger increasing at a rapid rate of 10 percent a decade.