University of Stirling: The third lecture in the "Challenges of our Time" series is How to feed a growing population.
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About Challenges of our Time: How to feed a growing population
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The University of Stirling and Faculty of Natural Sciences, invites you to this panel discussion, the third event in the "Challenges of our Time" lecture series, part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.
Please note this event will take place around lunchtime - exact time to be confirmed.
The event is free of charge, but we ask that you register in advance here
Since the second world war, we have increasingly become globalised. This creates worldwide markets for those countries which are “best” at producing food. This has led to a global concentration of “big ag” in a few breadbasket regions, that produce a large amount of the world’s calories cheaply. Across the world, we are increasingly living on diets dependent on the same food crops – and the easy flow of cheap calories is leading to a global epidemic of overweight, obesity and ill-health. Almost without exception, every country’s food system depends to a greater or less extent on the networks of global trade. At the same time, our food systems are both a significant cause of global warming, and also significantly impacted by it; so in future, climatic and other environmental risks (e.g. soil degradation) are likely to increase, particularly through a growing impact of extreme weather causing disruptions to global food trade. Given our food system is unsustainable, how will the future play out? Will we be able to provide healthy diets in a sustainable way for a growing global population? If so, what might we eat?
Professor Tim Benton is Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK. From 2011-2016 he was the “Champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food. The key role of GFS was to undertake systemic analysis and horizon scanning, in order to identify research priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all. He has published over 150 academic papers, many on the topics of agriculture and its sustainability. His particular interest is currently on food system resilience in the face of climate change.
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