Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics

By Robert Lyons on 17th January 2017

The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring potential consequences for global food security.

Key points include:

  • the need to give greater consideration to potential step-changes in food systems as part of risk management;
  • the need for more research into environmental tipping points and their potential impact on food system dynamics;
  • how to act on information if there is a real risk that a tipping point is being reached;
  • costs and benefits of action now to prevent crossing a tipping point.

The report includes two major case studies for plausible environmental tipping points.