Posted by: Bioversity Library | May 10, 2011

Food and farming in the future

In the last few months a lot of attention has been focused on how agriculture and farming will manage and adapt to such issues as growing population, climatic change and land use in the next decades.  Some of the research papers that have been published on this subject have been highlighted by us and can be found here.

We have come across two more resources that focus on this very important subject.

The first one is a  recently published report, commissioned by the Government Office for Science, United Kingdom titled:  The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability

This publication is aimed at policy makers and a wide range of professionals and researchers whose interests relate to all aspects of the global food system. This includes governance at all scales, food production and processing, the supply chain, and also consumer attitudes and demand. It is also relevant to policy makers and others with an interest in areas that interact with the food system, for example: climate change mitigation, energy and water competition, and land use. Access the full-text here.

Another interesting item comes from the Washington Post Live website which has hosted a conference titled “Future of Food” .  This conference, which was broadcasted on the 4th May,  brought together many of the world’s leading experts on food, including organic farmer, Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” and Wendell Berry, winner of The National Humanities Medal. Experts from some of world’s biggest food companies, academia and nonprofits discussed trends in agriculture and consumer behavior that is shaping the future of food.  View the video presentations here.

Photo credit: FHgitarre

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