Challenges of our Time: How to feed a growing population

University of Stirling: The third lecture in the "Challenges of our Time" series is How to feed a growing population.

Challenges of our Time: How to feed a growing population

About Challenges of our Time: How to feed a growing population

Venue: Venue to be confirmed

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

Lecture abstract
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?

Speaker
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.

Other speakers to be confirmed.

Registration
This lecture is free to attend and but we ask that you please register online in advance.

Getting Here
Please see our Getting Here webpages for information on how to get to the campus.

Further information
If you require any further information please contact the University's Events Team at events@stir.ac.uk.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Challenges of our Time: How to feed a growing population are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

Talks and Lectures Events you might like...

Scotland’s National Hero
Scotland’s National Hero
25th July 2018
The National Wallace Monument, Stirling
Who was William Wallace? Listen as a costumed actor gives you an insight into the life of Scotland’s National Hero.
Tetra-Decathlon
Tetra-Decathlon
27th Jul 2018 - 28th Jul 2018
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
A funny and inspiring look at what it takes to be a serious amateur, Tetra-Decathlon charts Lauren Hendry’s journey as she trains for and competes in this sporting event.
Scotland’s National Hero
Scotland’s National Hero
1st August 2018
The National Wallace Monument, Stirling
Who was William Wallace? Listen as a costumed actor gives you an insight into the life of Scotland’s National Hero.

Student Events you might like...

Find other events in Stirling

Sponsored Links

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »

Popular Events

Callander & Trossachs Summerfest
Check out all the great events on throughout the Callander & Trossachs Summerfest, a two-week summer festival!
Pirates!
The Pirates are coming to Duncarron Medieval Village on 21st and 22nd July. Learn all about them in our fun, interactive event.
Stirling Comic Con
Stirling Comic Con comes to the Albert Halls on 28th July with over 60 traders selling comics, graphic novels, crafts, art, Funko Pop figures and much more.
Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games
Experience a traditional Games in beautiful surroundings at the Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games on 21st July.
Stirling Car Boot Sale & Market
The Stirling Car Boot Sale & Market is held every Sunday at the Caledonian Cattle Market from 7am!