What’s stopping humanity tackling the threats we’re facing? The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health asked just this question.
Our report Back from the Future is the culmination of our recent horizon scanning project. And it’s an uncomfortable read, looking out to a mere 6-12 years ahead, let alone towards 2050.
There is a narrow space between on one side being jolted out of complacency and on the other, impotent terror or despair. And, Kate’s talk at the Impact Hub meeting on ‘Feeding the City’ missed that space. This is sad, because we need to understand what the future could bring.
The word S C A R E D is an acronym: Supply, Cost, Added value, Realism, Eating and Demand
What Michael Gove didn’t say in this speech to the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday was far more significant than what he did. He didn’t say a word about food security. Yet food shortages, and looming food insecurity can be clearly seen already, even here in the UK.
The latest of the House of Lords EU Committee’s excellent reports is Brexit: deal or no deal. One of the case studies, the agri-food sector, is copied below. A warning: The prospect of no deal with regard to our food supply and the agri-food sector, is scary:
Horizon: Short-term, 3 – 5 years (2021-2024) Develop business analytics Invest in Africa Challenge: Labour and skills shortages
Following Chris Elliott’s talk about the influence and impact of China:
Professor Chris Elliot told the #foodfuture discussion today that the 65 million middle class Chinese people are ceasing to trust their local food supplies.
Chris Elliott is a Professor and Pro-VC at Queens University Belfast. He’s also the founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, and led the Government’s Elliott Review into the integrity and assurance of the food network after the horsemeat scandal.