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Today is World Food Day, an international observance day to raise awareness of food security and making food systems more resilient and robust – something that has been highlighted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To mark the occasion, we have collated five of our lectures and talks that you must see this World Food Day.
1. Sitopia: reshaping our lives through food
This Monday night lecture by Carolyn Steel explores how we live in a world shaped by food, yet, as COVID-19 reminds us, our failure to recognise this threatens us and our planet. By learning to value food once again, we can not only address the multiple threats we face, but can build better, fairer, more resilient lives for the future. Members only.
2. The future of food
Our expert panel including Professor Peter Jackson, Carolyn Steel, Tristram Stuart and Professor Chad Staddon, discuss food security and the potential role of new technology, as well as how we can be more mindful of seasonality, production processes, consumption and waste. Free to view until Friday 23 October.
3. Food security: a global challenge
Feeding a growing population from finite resources is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. In this Monday night lecture, Professor Peter Jackson examines how we can achieve more sustainable and healthy systems of food production and consumption. Members only.
4. From a mouthful to a movement: my refugee kitchen
In this microlecture, Tom Marsden explains how a trip to the eastern Mediterranean became a journey into action in the face of the ongoing refugee crisis. Tom responded through food, and half a million meals later, he is still serving. Free to view.
5. Food security
Our global food system is under increasing strain. A changing climate, pests, and stresses on water and land use have made life increasingly difficult for farmers. Jay Rayner, Edd Colbert, Professor Tim Wheeler and Peter Smithers explore how we can produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way to an ever-increasing population. Free to view.
To see more of our lectures and talks, visit our Geographical talks page.
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