Birkbeck 2015: GM and food security; part of the solution, not part of the problem
Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck, University of London,
Food Security - maintaining resources in the age of globalisation of trade
GM and food security; part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Prof. Jonathan Jones, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich.
18:30 Friday 20th February 2015
Lecture Theatre B33, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London.
World population projections show that there will be many more mouths to feed in coming decades. This need will follow the actual population trend, but meeting it depends on many other factors. Food production will continue to depend upon half a dozen staple food plants. There is a potential fragility in maintaining production that depends upon land availability, soil fertility, water supplies, freedom from pests, appropriate technologies and suitable crop varieties. Equally important is whether the primary crops are eaten by us, or used less efficiently for meat production. Food can be lost in storage and transportation. In an increasingly urbanised world, some see the solutions in energy-intensive, industrial scale farming, fisheries and food distribution, whilst others advocate smaller scale, local activity. Much of this will be affected by climate change.
This lecture series explores the issues and tries to answer some of the questions. Further details of the six individual lectures, and a reading list, will be available later.
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The free public lectures are in a series hosted by GEDS, Birkbeck University of London. They are suitable for those who may be considering, or undertaking, university courses in ecology, biological conservation or related subjects. They will interest environmental and ecological practitioners, natural historians, wildlife organisations and others with similar interests. The lectures are supported by GEDS, Birkbeck University of London and would not be possible otherwise. They are organised and promoted by the Ecology and Conservation Studies Society, with assistance from the Linnean Society of London.