How to feed the growing world population – economy

By Silvia Liebrich

“Raw materials of the future” series

Beef from South America, apples from New Zealand, rice from Asia – those who shop in a German supermarket, of course, bring home products from all over the world. And feels that food is always and everywhere available. German consumers rarely feel that this could not be the case. There was such a moment at the start of the pandemic, when flour and yeast were suddenly out of place on store shelves. Cereals have never been really scarce, at least in this country the emergency was only the result of irrational hamster purchases. What can easily be moved in the rich countries of the West can have devastating consequences in poorer countries, where supply chains are generally much more fragile.

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