Food security is an ongoing issue in the equity and healthy development of children, and will continue to present a challenge as climate change and population density put pressure on food production systems. Some people are calling for a national school food program. At-home greenhouses are becoming cheaper and more accessible, which could mean households across the country are producing their own fruits and vegetables throughout the year.
As access to fresh, nutritious food becomes more difficult, the disparity in health and childhood development metrics of children in high and low income families will increase significantly.
Kids may gain better experience with food, nutrition, and meal preparation as a result of being more involved in at-home food production and other community and household-based solutions to food insecurity.
Synthetic foods and other alternative food sources may become more accepted and mainstream.
How new is this trend?
This is regularly in the news or seen on social media. If you haven’t already heard about this, you probably will soon.
What's driving these trends?
Drivers are forces that create change. These can be things like shifting populations and demographics of an area, or cultural movements and stories that we rely on to shape how we believe. Drivers are often the “causes” behind the trends and signals we observe through our scan.
Global and local climates are changing, resulting in unpredictable weather patterns and an increased incidence of extreme weather and natural disasters. Droughts, hurricanes, and floods are all examples of extreme weather that put strain on human and natural systems.
Social inequity and the increased acknowledgement of discrimination against different groups of people is a strong driver in our present day. Inequity in Canada impacts politics, communities, health, and education.
Increasing Population Density
Increasing population density, particularly in cities around the world, is driving many trends, both social and environmental. The growing concentration of people in many places can create resource scarcity, competition and conflict, and contribute to increased pollution levels. It can also lead to positive social outcomes and more robust economies.