A panel of experts set to present their ideas on creating a sustainable global food system…


The world’s population is expected to reach the dizzying number of 9 billion by 2050, and it is not yet known how global food production will meet demand. A panel of experts from different fields of thought will present their thoughts – including eating insects as a source of protein and using land to grow food for humans rather than animals – at ‘Feeding the 9 Billion’, the latest of the Royal Geographical Society‘s ‘21st Century Challenges’ discussion series. The speakers will be crop scientist Professor Tim Wheeler, entomologist Peter Smithers and campaign coordinator Edd Colbert.

The talk will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Jay Rayner and will take place tomorrow evening at the society’s London headquarters. Speaking ahead of the event, Jay said: ‘I am delighted to be chairing this important event for the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). With the global population expected to peak at nine billion by 2050 and with so many more of those people being the aspiring middle classes, finding a sustainable way in which to feed ourselves really is the key issue for the 21st Century.’

Professor Tim Wheeler stated: ‘Almost one third of the world’s population today remain hungry or malnourished. We urgently need to unlock the potential of new agricultural technologies as we face up to the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by the year 2050.’

Edd Colbert said: ‘Growing food for animals, when it could be fed to humans, is not only immoral but also a waste. The demand for cereal crops and soy can be offset by feeding food unfit for human consumption to omnivorous livestock. Where there’s [pig] swill, there’s a way!’

Visit the website to find out more and purchase tickets.

Michelle Grady

Michelle Grady

Michelle is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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