By David Schaper-BriggsThe United States is becoming increasingly dependent on foreign markets for food, water and energy, and a major economic crisis threatens to destroy the country’s food supply.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported this week that the country is on track to become a food and water-rich country by 2050.
But the FAO said that food and energy imports are not just a burden, but also a “waste bin” that must be replaced by domestic sources.
Here are seven key reasons why the U., the world’s largest economy, is in trouble: The United States imports more than 90% of the food it needs.
The FAO report found that the U:• Is importing almost twice as much food than it can grow.• Is consuming more than two times as much energy as it can generate.• Has a “critical shortage of freshwater” in some states, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest.• Uses about twice as many fossil fuels as it produces.• Lacks “a sustainable, low-carbon energy sector.”
“There is an urgent need for a comprehensive, global, national and international approach to addressing the food security challenges facing the United States,” FAO Secretary-General Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.
The report found the U is consuming more energy than it produces, but the FAOs report also noted that the amount of energy used in the Us economy is declining.
In the past, energy consumption was about 50% of GDP.
Now it’s about 36%, down from an average of 45% in the 1980s.
Bensousa said that the trend is a “serious problem.”
But she said that if the country can continue to reduce its reliance on foreign imports, it can reduce its energy use, which will help the U, a developing country, meet its energy needs.
And that’s where the U could be in trouble.
The country is already facing an energy crisis.
The FAO reported in March that the United Sates energy use had surpassed all countries in terms of the number of people it uses.
But even more troubling, the report found, the country has less than 1% of its population that is adequately nourished, and that this “significant shortfall” is “critical to meeting global food security needs.”
The FAOs reports also found that in the past two decades, the U has been importing more than 70% of all food.
But as a result of the energy crisis, the FAOS said, the imports from the U have been falling.
And now, because of the crisis, many U.s states are importing food at a much higher rate than they need.
“A growing number of U. s states are increasing imports of food in response to the growing shortage of water and food supply and are increasingly importing food to meet energy and water demands,” Bensouasaid in the FAW statement.
“As a result, food shortages have been reported in some U. states as high as 35% of population.”
For example, Michigan, which has about one million people, was importing an average 4,000 metric tons of food each day in the first quarter of 2017, up from 2,400 tons per day in 2010.
And California, which imports more food than any other state, imported an average 1,000 tons of water each day, up almost 50% from 1,200 tons per daily average in 2010, according to FAO.
As a consequence, the food system in the United states is failing.
The report said that in many parts of the U states, people are relying on water for drinking and cooking, and it has “little or no access to clean water,” as well as inadequate sanitation.
In addition, the lack of adequate food is affecting the economy in many ways.
According to the FAo, “food security and other food security-related conditions are expected to deteriorate in the coming years as a direct result of increasing food imports, and food-related price rises and food shortages are likely to be a growing concern in the medium term.”
The U. is also the world leader in “fertilizer use,” which is an important source of food.
In some areas, such as in California, the amount that farmers grow is a huge factor in determining how much of the country will have access to food in the future.
According the FA, California has a food supply that is 80% of what it needs to sustain itself.
But Bensoulas report also warned that there are signs that the situation is changing.
For example, there are “potential changes to the supply of food that will require additional investments in agricultural production and other sectors of the economy,” Bentsouas said.