CANCELLED: How will we feed the world in the age of crisis?

19 March 2020, 6.00 PM - 19 March 2020, 7.30 PM

Peel Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SS


Recent events have acted as an urgent wake-up call in reassessing our global relationships with food. Wherever we look, the way in which much of the world produces, distributes and consumes food has come to be intricately related to significant global challenges. From a reliance on single-use plastics in food supply chains; to a growing global appetite for ecologically-damaging meat and dairy-heavy diets; to extensive food waste and beyond, these are problems which do not have simple solutions.

It is not only the planet which suffers from this state of affairs but people, with poor global health outcomes in a world now divided into the ‘stuffed’ and the ‘starved’. Worryingly, it is likely that anthropogenic climate change will only intensify these complex problems, which raises profound questions around how we will feed the world in the coming decades.

Despite this gloomy outlook, the food system remains one of the most powerful ‘levers’ in bringing about a better and more sustainable world. But what kind of response is required to these problems? What should we do as citizens? What should businesses and corporations do? What should governments do? This public lecture and panel discussion will bring together experts within and beyond Bristol attempting to address these questions in how we might bring about better global food systems.

  • Tim Benton - University of Leeds and Chatham House
  • Joy Carey - Sustainable food systems planner
  • Rich Osborn - Founder and CEO, Fresh Range
  • Jonathan Beacham - University of Bristol, event Chair.

This event is co-sponsored by the Inclusive Economies Initiative and has been generously funded by the Economic and Social Research Council


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