20 June 2013
13:00, Large Lecture Theatre
Food security in the 21st Century
Mr Phil Bloomer
In this lecture, Phil Bloomer (Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam) will explore the role that science and scientists have to play in overcoming the challenges of food security and hunger in the 21st century.
Today, 1 in 8 of us go to bed hungry and this situation only looks set to worsen as we reach closer to the planet’s ecological limits and inequality rises to yet further extremes.
Whilst political and economic solutions, such as redistribution and targeted investment, are often at the forefront of the battle to ensure access to food for all, science also has a vital role to play. In order for scientific solutions to be used responsibly, however, scientists must acknowledge the political and economic context in which their solutions will play out.