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The Great Debate on the Battle to Feed a Changing Planet
13 July 2012 — 13 July 2012
On July 13, Teagasc, in association with the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI), have organised ‘The Great Debate on the Battle to Feed a Changing Planet’ at The Convention Centre Dublin (13.30pm-15.00pm) as part of the ESOF 2012 scientific programme.
An international panel of high-profi le speakers - including Professor Rajendra K. Pachauri (Nobel Laureate), Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and Mrs Marion Guillou President & CEO, INRA - Chair of FACCE-JPI GB - and moderated by broadcaster Leo Enright, will engage and raise awareness among not only a live audience, but also media and the public outside the auditorium, on one of the most challenging scientific topics of the
21st century: how to simultaneously achieve global food security while also combating the effects of food production on climate change.
With food demand expected to increase by 70% by 2050 and calls to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% at the same time, many hard decisions will be required from interested parties, including policy makers, producers and consumers.
The debate will maximise its impact potential through modern media, encouraging interactive audience participation from both inside and outside the auditorium using Twitter
(#thegr8deb8). Delegates will hear from African farmers, who will discuss what food security and climate change mean to them every day.
The international panel of high-profile speakers will tease out some of the leading topics on food production this decade:
• ‘Will we starve or will we burn?’ Can the world grow food at affordable prices and deal with climate change?
• ‘Cool Food?’ Can consumer choices make a difference?
• ‘Plough our own furrow?’ Can Europe go it alone on climate
change if others won’t follow?