Demographic and economic forces are converging to drive up global demand for food and nutrition resources, from basic foodstuffs to nutrition therapies.
- • World population is expected to grow by 2 billion people in the next two decades.
- • Rising affluence in the developing world is already driving increased demand for protein.
- • Developed world diseases such as diabetes and obesity are rising dramatically in developing nations.
- • Increased demand is already putting price pressure on food resources.
- • The explosive growth of China’s emerging middle class: 500 million more by 2025.
- • India’s growing middle class: 475 million by 2030.
- • Aging U.S. Population: By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million people in the U.S. over age 65, more than twice their number in 2000.
- • Increasing incidences or diagnoses of diseases; Type 2 diabetes, celiac, IBD: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
- • The occurrence of allergic disease is skyrocketing, and some estimates are that as many as one-in-five Americans have an allergic condition. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011