by Alexandra Cheung 25 October 2016
Audience members and experts explored what it would mean to produce food sustainably, and how we can achieve this for the world’s growing population.
People with an interest in all things ‘foodie’ came together at an event jointly organised by the Grantham Institute and The Ecotarian, an initiative led by students on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership, which was held at Imperial College London last week.
Expert panellists on farming, agricultural science and economics shared their insights about how to make food production more sustainable, as the impact of global eating increases. Suggestions included improving quality of life for farmed animals and relaxed regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops, to dramatically increasing the funding for research into innovative agricultural practices.
The audience also put forward their ideas on the most effective measures, recommending responsibilities for food producers, government, retailers and consumers in supporting new initiatives.
The way that food is currently processed, distributed and stored has a range of potential environmental impacts including climate change, land degradation, water shortages and loss of biodiversity. In order to establish a fair and green food system that will continue to provide for future generations, those assembled agreed that a fundamental shift is therefore needed.
Published on Oct 25, 2016
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Andrew Clark, Director of Policy, National Farmers’ Union
Steve Webster (@SteveWebster16), Delta Innovations
Angela Karp, Associate Director for Science Innovation, Head of AgroEcology Department, Rothamsted Research
David Powell (@powellds), Environment Lead, New Economics Foundation
Louise Gray (@loubgray), Environmental journalist (formerly of the Daily Telegraph) and author of The Ethical Carnivore, published by Bloomsbury.