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Contesting visions for future food security

CENTRE FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT (CGD) – GLOBAL OBSERVATORY LUNCHTIME SERIES

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SEMINAR BY DR COLIN SAGE,  DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

“Contesting visions for future food security”

VENUE: LIBRARY SEMINAR ROOM, BOOLE LIBRARY

TUESDAY 27th November, 2012   AT 1.00 PM TO 2.00 PM

All Welcome

Abstract

As the world’s poor continue to be buffeted by food price volatility, the route toward a more secure and sustainable global food system is becoming more sharply contested. While the agri-industrial bio-science paradigm harnesses its neo-Malthusian call for a doubling of food production by 2050, alternative visions are emerging from different quarters. Most recognise that in a warming and resource-depleted world ‘business-as-usual’ is no longer an option, although ‘sustainable intensification’ and ‘climate- smart agriculture’ strategies still leave the suspicion that silver bullet technological solutions are part of the repertoire. More radical voices from within the food sovereignty movement are making the case for agro-ecology to inform a new paradigm for food production. But arguably the most important call is to bring under closer scrutiny the realm of consumption and to set forth a road map toward more sustainable, nutritious and food-secure diets.  The presentation will review these competing visions and make the case that only by working toward more sustainable consumption will we ever achieve a food secure future for all.

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