The United States is on the verge of a major food crisis, as farmers struggle to keep up with demand from rising food prices.
While there is some optimism that the current boom in U.S. agricultural production will keep pace with food prices, a report released Thursday by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said farmers around the world have already struggled to find enough food to feed the world.
The report said more than 50 percent of the world’s population, which uses more than 10 billion tons of food annually, needs more food than it can produce.
According to the report, as more people are hungry, the need for agricultural products is expected to rise.
The FAO’s Food and Agricultural Outlook for 2021-2024, released Thursday, estimated the global food demand will grow by more than 20 percent annually, up from 4.6 percent in 2020.
The increase is expected due to rising demand for meat, poultry, dairy and fruits, the FAO said.