Rachel Bailleau is a freelance Regenerative Food Systems writer.

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French
Time Zone: Central European Time

Our food system provides enough calories for 8 billion people. But the way we produce, distribute and consume that food is hurting people and the living planet.

Food production accounts for 70% of freshwater extraction, produces around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s a leading driver of land use change and biodiversity loss.

But this isn’t a story of farmers making “poor choices”. This is a story of a global food system that isn’t fit for purpose.

An estimated 90% of farm subsidies harm people and the planet. And agriculture is one of the professions with the highest rates of suicide and depression. Meanwhile, 28% of agricultural land is used to grow food that is ultimately wasted. And while 828 million people were affected by hunger in 2021, over 39% of us are overweight or obese.

Despite the chaos, there is hope. Changing the way that we produce food is a viable solution to some of the world’s most pressing social and ecological problems.

I work with NGOs and mission-driven businesses that are transforming the food system with a combination of traditional ecological knowledge, regenerative farming practices, and cutting-edge technology.

Freelance Regenerative Agriculture Writer

Water in Agriculture – World Bank
Food Greenhouse Emissions – Our World In Data
Agricultural Subsidies – UNEP
State of the Living Planet – WWF
Rewilding the Sea, Charles Clover
Food Wastage – FAO
Global Hunger – UN
Obesity – Our World in Data

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