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The Future of Food Security

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Professor Susanna Hecht (Professor of International History and Associate Faculty at the CIES) and Professor Tim Swanson (Professor of International Economics and Academic Co-Director at the CIES) started the discussion by highlighting how the current food system affects ecosystems and biodiversity. Addressing the challenge of food security will necessarily imply changing how we produce and consume the world’s resources.

Jonathan Wooley, Director, Quaker United Nations Office, underlined the need to drastically reduce meat consumption, without excluding poorer populations that depend on meat production and consumption for their subsistence.

Sir Charles Godfray, Professor of Population Biology and Director of the Oxford Martin School (University of Oxford), emphasised the need to reduce food waste and to foster technological innovation  in agriculture.  He gave the example of “precision agriculture” – which can significantly reduce the use of fertilisers by precisely targeting specific crop areas.
Professor Susanna Hecht cited the many benefits of agroforestry, where crops can grow on various kinds of forest platforms. She also emphasised how we will need to diversify our diets to include more forest-grown crops, such as the “super-food” acai or nuts. Currently, our food systems tend to rely on a very limited set of crops, mainly wheat, rice, maize and soja, which are very land-consuming.

Turning to inefficiencies into our food systems, Hans Jöhr, Corporate Head of Agriculture at Nestlé, emphasised that investing in training local farmers will improve the efficiency of food production and will make it more attractive to young people to become farmers.

Jonathan Wooley added that local farmers have a lot of indigenous knowledge that we can also learn from. Often, small-scale farmers have a better understanding of their environment and can develop better techniques that are more adapted to climate variability.

Professor Tim Swanson concluded that investing in human capital in developing regions needs to be a crucial part of the solution to food security problems. This will imply further investments in institutions of higher learning in the developing world, such as the CIGR, the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

Concluding remarks were made on how each sector can contribute to overcoming the challenge of food security in the future. From a civil society point of view, it is essential to involve local communities and to understand their needs to address food security as well as the role of social movements in advancing current issues. In the field of academia, further research has to be addressed from a multidisciplinary perspective to overcome the challenges of food security.

Finally, the private sector has to work together with other sectors to address changes. Overall, this panel discussion contributed to a better understanding of the challenges of food security in the 21st century.

Read more – Food Security and Land Use in the 21st Century: The Return of Malthus?, by Tim Swanson, Global Challenges



48 Comments on "The Future of Food Security"

  1. Sissyfuss on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 9:54 pm 

    I seem to have missed the part where it states that fewer mouths to feed would make food security much easier to achieve. Must be it’s not that important.

  2. JuanP on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 10:03 pm 

    I believe that the Cuban experience during the “Special Period” is extremely important, at least for tropical places. Temperate weather locations can look back at WWII Victory Gardens. The solution will be organic urban farming. The decline will be very, very long. All of us will live the rest of our lives in a deteriorating world.

  3. Davy on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 10:27 pm 

    Grate comment Juan. Saved to my notes to be copied and pasted on my own blog.

  4. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 11:21 pm 

    I don’t spend time here it’s lame. They’re too many muzzies and libs. They use high English . Supertard big muzzie beard also use discriminatory high English and withhold info. I learned on barenakedislam that dotheads are now putting cow on the menu. When I gave my dog meat he threatens me. When I give him normal food he’s a little baby. Dotheads should ban vegetarian

  5. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 11:23 pm 

    JuanP on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 10:03 pm
    I concur grate job supertard juanp
    I will learn a grate deal from u

  6. Davy Sock Puppeering on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 11:32 pm 

    full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway

  7. makati1 on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 11:37 pm 

    Sissyfuss and JuanP, both of your comments are correct. We are in for the long emergency. For some, it will be fast and painful. For others, a gradual decline.

  8. makati1 on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 11:37 pm 

    For Davy’s education: The Philippines and Cuba lay in the same latitude. Food security will last longer here than in Misery,USA. Most Filipinos still grow a lot of their own food. Not so in dumbed down Amerika.

  9. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 11:39 pm 

    Genetically engineer to turn annuals to perennials and skip germination and rooting periods. Rooting is a matter of life and death and thus requires a lot of time and energy which could go into crop production

  10. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 5:02 am 

    “For Davy’s education: The Philippines and Cuba lay in the same latitude. Food security will last longer here than in Misery,USA. Most Filipinos still grow a lot of their own food. Not so in dumbed down Amerika.”

    Philippines has 100MIL people and growing makato. Nothing more needs to be said about your fast and wicked collapse

  11. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 5:03 am 

    “I believe that the Cuban experience during the “Special Period” is extremely important, at least for tropical places. Temperate weather locations can look back at WWII Victory Gardens. The solution will be organic urban farming. The decline will be very, very long. All of us will live the rest of our lives in a deteriorating world.”

    Bullshit juanpee, organic urban farming as we know it today is too small scale and unlikely to scale up. It will help but not the solution. It will be part of many solutions to mitigate a bad situation. Cuban experience in the “Special Period” was admirable but the country is still very poor and needing imports of many products mainly because the Island is overpopulated per long term carrying capacity. WWII victory gardens were admirable but again mostly propaganda. The real production came from larger farms.

    Decline could be a long drawn out affair. It could come quick. The word “will” is what extremist use because they think they know. Makato, cloggo, and Juanpee like to use will be because they are extremist. It is likely collapse will be a step down and location-based process with events that ultimately culminate with all of the above type collapse scenarios. The world is a big place so lots can happen. One thing is pretty likely and that is everyone will get proportionately poorer. It appears our board playboy is afraid of his Miami Beach turning into a decadent slum it was just a few decades ago. If it does, he deserves it along with the other decedent scumbags he lives with.

    BTW, dumbass is trying to act out a strategy of trolling and minor contributing lately. One wonders why he does not just contribute even if it is his typical belligerent self.

  12. JuanP trolling on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 5:03 am 

    full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway said Genetically engineer to turn annuals to perennials…
    Davy Sock Puppeering said full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspea…
    full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway said JuanP on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 10:03 pm I concur grat…
    full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway said I don’t spend time here it’s lame. T…
    JuanP ID theft said #banthegeriatriclunatichillbilly#
    More Geriatric Lunatic Hillbilly Davy said JuanP ID theft on Sat, 16th Nov 2019 4:53 pm

  13. JuanP ID theft on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 5:04 am 

    This is from stupid with chronic depression:

    Davy said I don’t no how to think cus I’m a lunatic.
    Davy said Grate comment Juan. Saved to my notes to be copied…

  14. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 5:16 am 

    JuanP needs to be deported immediately to the deteriorating Cuban shit-hole he originally came from. That is, before he illegally entered the US and, only to turn around and spend all his time partying in Miami beach with the rest of his illegal pals.

    #deporttheillegaljuanP

  15. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 8:39 am 

    Hi Everyone:

    Please read my quote at the bottom for a random example of my civil commentary. Please note my polite, moderate, and balanced approach.

    ~~Doesn’t matter if a comment is directed at me, when I disagree, I attack using a familiar bag of tricks including playground taunts, insults, and anything else personally demeaning.

    ~~If I disagree, I accuse the poster of being a “foreigner”, then I tell them to get out of my country.

    ~~I address people with condescending names.

    ~~I make statements without evidence.

    ~~I always work “hate” into my comments.

    ~~ALWAYS moderate and neuter stupid Democrats and lying liberals.

    “Bobby, your side is destroying the constitution and corrupting the public domain. Extremist American hating liberals like you need to move to Canada where you belong. Oh, I forgot, you are rich so try an ocean side villa in mexico”

  16. Davy approves this message on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 8:41 am 

    DavyDonaldTurd (DDT):

    DDT, your thoughts reflect and project perfectly like a mirror; the subconscious perceptions that are held about the Self. What you fail to comprehend is your incessant assaults and postings are a perfect reflection of your present state of mind and how you feel about yourself on the inside. Your resentment, anger and desire for revenge reveal anger and contempt of yourself, rooted in jealously, fear, and a sense of failure with who you are, questioning your ability to aptly compete with others.

    DDT, use this knowledge to become more self-aware and introspective. By doing so, you can diffuse inner conflict and confusion and become a pacifist of the mind rather than a bellicose, xenophobic, and hateful Trumptard of the mind.

    DavyDonaldTurd (DDT), clean-up your act, now, before it’s too late. The clock is ticking, and the hour is late.

  17. JuanP on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 10:15 am 

    I see Davy continues to spew venom and lies. Some things never change! ROFLMFAO!

  18. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 10:31 am 

    “The word “will” is what extremist use because they think they know.”

    “ It will help but not the solution.”

    “It will be part of many solutions to mitigate a bad situation.”

    “ collapse will be a step down and location-based process”

    “ everyone will get proportionately poorer”

    Not only does that make me extremist. It also makes me a hypocrite. But i’m to stupid to understand why.

  19. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 11:00 am 

    Come on stupid face me like Man. Your pussy ID theft shows you are a weak fuck. Is it the chronic depression?

    This is stupid doing ID theft:
    Davy said “The word “will” is what extremist use because the…

    This is stupid being more stupid.
    JuanP said I see Davy continues to spew venom and lies. Some…

  20. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 11:08 am 

    We all no I’m a lunatic. Cept for me. That makes me even more of a lunatic.

  21. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 11:15 am 

    Stupid is not only stupid but afraid he will be beaten in a normal debate so he trolls instead. LMFAO at the turd

    Juanpee ID theft
    Davy said We all no I’m a lunatic. Cept for me. That makes m…

  22. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 11:18 am 

    Sorry y’all.

    I can’t help myself.

    Most lunatics can’t.

  23. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 11:55 am 

    Stupid, it is obvious after 2 years you can’t help being a lying stalking troll. It is my pleasure to expose you as the ignorant high school drop out you are.

    Juanpee ID theft:
    Davy said Sorry y’all. I can’t help myself. Most lunatics ca…

  24. DavyTurd Blossom Zone on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 12:47 pm 

    There is a dimension beyond that which is known to normal man. This is the dimension of the lunatic fringe. It is an area which we call … The DavyTurd Blossom Zone.

  25. JuanP stupidity on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 2:04 pm 

    Stupid, do you think you are creative and clever?LOL. You are stupid and dumb as a box of rocks. This is why you troll and lie.

    DavyTurd Blossom Zone said There is a dimension beyond that which is known to…

  26. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 2:47 pm 

    Spending all my time on this lame forum is how I exorcize myself mentally.

  27. Davy on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 4:54 pm 

    I find this lame shit challenging.

  28. full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 5:24 pm 

    grate comments everyone, imma steal them for my blog. i don’t need ur permssion

  29. JuanP ID theft on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 6:15 pm 

    This is from stupid:

    Davy said I find this lame shit challenging.

    Not Davy said Davy said STFU annoymouse. You do not have the rig…

  30. JuanP lunatic sock on Sun, 17th Nov 2019 6:16 pm 

    Wow, you sure are cleaver juanpee. dumbass

    full woke supremacist muzzies jerk maximum newspeak I know some wrong when a pretty little white girl ran to a black man arms dead giveaway deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed giveaway said grate comments everyone, imma steal them for my bl…

  31. Rik on Mon, 18th Nov 2019 1:59 pm 

    GMOs are very dangerous and yet it is still being used in food production.

  32. Richard Guenette on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 10:23 am 

    To survive food shortages before it gets worst, people should collect and store rainwater, use animal manure for fertilizer or compost, grow root veggies, forage. If people live off the land, they should use what materials is available to them (example: make a slingshot etc., build a lean-to, make a stew from edible plants and hunted animals). just a suggestion.

  33. JuanP sock on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 10:26 am 

    Richard Guenette said To survive food shortages before it gets worst, pe…

    This is stupid, can you tell he is a high school drop out Miami beach worthless fuck! right

    Richard Guenette said Hey Davy, you always talk about having a goat farm…

    Richard Guenette said Greed is the root of all evil.

    Richard Guenette said Bankers are the worst con artists. They lack a con…

    Davy Trolling said This is from the lunatic: Stupid you are so low IQ…

  34. Ban JuanP on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 10:27 am 

    Mods please ban this dumbass turd worlder

  35. JuanP is an idiot on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 10:29 am 

    juanPee, are you confusing Gaia for Richard Guenette becuase they are identical stupid socks you use.

  36. Moderation needed on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 10:30 am 

    “https://browserspy.dk/webserver.php
    and fill in peakoil.com, you get that the server is hosted by Cloudflare:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloudflare
    Cloudflare is one of the last bastions of free speech. It is very sad that the admin of this site doesn’t seem to want to take the trouble to log in to his server dashboard and active a few presets, enforcing posters to post under a unique username/password combination. That doesn’t eliminate garbage under fake identities, but at least it stops identity theft and that would make a hell of a difference. If possible, you could also enforce that one IP-address can only post under a single identity. Please admin, invest an hour of your time to get this right.”

  37. JuanP is an idiot on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 10:32 am 

    Oh, juanPee, I for got about Rik. He is Richard Gurnette and or Gaia.

    cuntface

  38. Davy on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 11:38 am 

    I’m so emotional about this lame forum I’m giving myself a brain anurism. Not that it’ll make any difference.

  39. JuanP ID theft on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 11:42 am 

    see stupid is out. wads da madder pussy is Richard said enough already?

    ID theft
    Davy said I’m so emotional about this lame forum I’m giving…

  40. Davy on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 11:49 am 

    Anyone else notice how much more crazier I’m getting?

  41. Richard Guenette on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 12:15 pm 

    Dave, you need to settle down. You are making yourself sick and the only person you are really harming is YOURSELF.

  42. Richard Guenette on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 12:22 pm 

    JuanP ID theft (one of Davy’s accounts),anything you post on here that is hateful or threatening will get you into serious trouble.

  43. JuanP socks on Thu, 21st Nov 2019 12:35 pm 

    come on stupid we all know it is you. Lunatic be a man and comment like a normal person. I don’t care if Richard, Rik, or Gaia are one of your multiple personalities the forum will not tollorate your shit fuckface

    Socks:
    Richard Guenette said JuanP ID theft (one of Davy’s accounts),anyt…

    Richard Guenette said This site needs a moderator- someone who can revie…

    Richard Guenette said Dave, you need to settle down. You are making your…

    Richard Guenette said Davy, nobody is interested in your bullshit. You d…

  44. Richard Guenette on Fri, 22nd Nov 2019 6:03 pm 

    Our bodies are a furnace; the body burns what we eat. Eating too much, or certain foods such as refined sugars, cause the body to burn hotter and burn out faster. Certain foods contain antioxidants. Fire uses oxygen to burn, so antioxidants in a board sense help the body slow the burn rate within the cells. However, remember balance: too many antioxidants would also be bad, as the body is designed to run at a mid-level burn rate.
    No one food contains a perfect balance of nutrients for everlasting life. A person needs to listen to their body and provide mixing of essences to maintain the body.

  45. Richard Guenette on Sat, 23rd Nov 2019 7:32 pm 

    Nobody should be told what they can or cannot do. THEIR body, THEIR business.

  46. Richard Guenette on Sat, 23rd Nov 2019 8:29 pm 

    Americans can eat and drink whatever they want. It’s a free country.

  47. Davy on Sat, 23rd Nov 2019 8:48 pm 

    Sounds like you no about as much about America then I no about Canada Ricky.

  48. makati1 on Sat, 23rd Nov 2019 9:40 pm 

    “Philippines has 100MIL people and growing makato. Nothing more needs to be said about your fast and wicked collapse”

    And the US is ~330 million and growing. So?

    Have you noticed the US crop/food production lost to mother nature this year? The fact remains, that the US imports about 20% of its food. As the climate changes, that import number will skyrocket. Be patient.

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