Global malnutrition and hunger will continue to be a major issue. Despite aggregate global food sufficiency, global hunger, malnutrition, and insecurity will persist, with the most pervasive impact in the world’s poor countries but also among disadvantaged populations in wealthy countries.
Obesity will increase in importance as an issue. In the US over 64% of males and 62% of females are obese or overweight.5 The increasing trend toward obesity shows little signs of abating, and is one of the factors driving up the costs of medical care. Concerns about this trend are focusing attention on current western diets and lifestyle practices, and may lead to changes in those diets that could lead to changes in demand for certain foods.