- There is enough food produced for everyone on the planet to have an adequate diet, but poor distribution and quality makes that 820 million people went hungry in 2018, while obesity is rising steadily (1 in 8 globally, were obese in 2018). | Related Megatrends: Health
- Globally, the absolute number of undernourished people has been on the rise since 2014, reaching an estimated 821 million people (some 11% of the population) in 2017.
- In 2017, some 124 million people across 51 countries and territories faced “crisis” levels of acute food insecurity or worse, an increase compared to 80 and 108 million people in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
| Related Megatrends: Health; Natural resources; Climate and environment; Migration; Security
- By 2050, the global amount of arable and productive land per person will be a quarter of 1960 levels. Asthe Earth's soil erodes, so does its ability to filter water,absorb carbon, and feed people. Not only that less food will be available, but it will also be lower in vital nutrients – impacting most heavily on the globe's poorest. | Related Megatrends: Climate and environment
- Obesity, undernutrition, and climate change could represent the global syndemic that affects most people worldwide, because they co-occur in time and place and share common societal drivers. (such us income) | Related Megatrends: Climate and environment
- Low income regions could produce approximately 283 million metric tons of municipal solid waste in 2050, which represents 3 times more of what they produced in 2016. By tripling their waste production in 2050, they could still produce 4 times less municipal solid waste than high income regions. Could waste production become a measure of house income? | Related Megatrends: Climate and environment; Growing consumerism