World food system
At present, there are over seven billion people living on Earth, and by the year 2050 that figure is expected to have reached nine billion. How to feed that growing world population while at the same time preserving limited natural resources is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind.
In the new ETH Department of Environmental Systems Science, researchers in agricultural and environmental sciences are working across the disciplines to find solutions in the form of a world food system that guarantees global food security.
With its World Food System Center, which brings together professors from different disciplines, ETH Zurich is contributing to the long-term security of world food supplies. The aim is to come up with common principles for producing high-quality and healthy food sustainably and for safeguarding stable supplies for a healthy world population. To ensure that it can spread its practically oriented knowledge, and train the urgently needed experts, the centre works closely with politicians, industry and institutions in Switzerland and elsewhere.