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Food in the Future: Plankton Pie or Carrot Cake?

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Food in the future: Plankton Pie or Carrot Cake?

Where will the quest for a sustainable food supply take us?

We discuss the possible route for future food production in a world with a changing climate, growing population and decreasing fossil fuel reserves. Can large scale specialised farms, which have seen great successes, be adapted to continue to provide for us into the future, or will growing social change drive farms towards downsizing, urbanisation of food production, diet change, and reorganisation of local food networks? What balance of strategies along this spectrum will be needed to provide sufficient food with a low impact in years to come? Bring all your questions for the speakers in the panel debate, then choose from two workshops to discuss your ideas in more detail: “What is the role of science in the future of farming?” or “Increasing food security in Cambridge”.

Guest panel speakers will be:
  • Tomas Remiarz, practicing permaculturalist and Permaculture Association polyculture research leader
  • Bill Clark, director of agricultural research station Broom’s Barn and EU ENDURE crop research steering group
  • Ken Kelso, local Cambridgeshire organic farmer
  • Ian Hodge, Cambridge University Professor of Rural Economy
Schedule:
  • 2.00pm-2.15pm Welcome
  • 2.15pm-3.15pm Panel Debate
  • 3.15pm-3:30pm Refreshments
  • 3.30pm-5:00pm Workshops (two workshops to choose from)
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm Optional Tea and Chat

This talk is part of the Transition Cambridge series.

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