With our Michelin-starred restaurants, bustling hawker centres and array of ethnic cuisine, food scarcity is the last thing on many of our minds.
But with climate change and global warming causing a whole host of environmental issues, we may not be able to take our food sources for granted in the near future. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that by 2050, global warming may cause crop yields across the globe to decline by up to 25 percent.
Our Little Red Dot — which imports over 90% of its food — is potentially vulnerable to this plummet in the world’s food supply.
Hope on the horizon — '30 by 30'
While this may sound like a bleak situation, we’ve already started to take steps to combat this issue together.
The '30 by 30' goal aims to have our nation produce 30% of our nutritional needs by 2030. As part of this plan, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has established a $30 million “30x30 Express” grant to help the agri-food industry ramp up local production in eggs, leafy vegetables, and fish in the shortest possible time.
Our local farmers have been stepping up their game as well, with vegetable farms growing their crops in climate-controlled greenhouses and fish farms employing contained systems to shield their catch from oil spills and toxic algae.
Buying from local farmers will go a long way in helping our nation secure our food future. Here are 4 other reasons why going for local produce is a great choice.