Feeding the 9 Billion - Public Debate on Food Security to be held in Aberdeen on 8 September

Food shortages, price rises, civil unrest and riots are all real threats as demand for food rises and the amount of land suitable for food production decreases.

A public debate to raise awareness of many of the issues involved in Food Security and generate an opportunity for people to discuss and debate what the challenges are and, perhaps more importantly, what some of the potential solutions might be will be held at 1pm on Saturday 8 September and will be held in the Meston Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Aberdeen. This event is part of the 2012 British Science Festival held this year in Aberdeen and follows the very successful public debate that was held the National Museum of Scotland on 3 April as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival,.

The debate in Aberdeen will be begin James Withers, CEO of Scotland Food and Drink will lead the panel - Professor Julie Fitzpatrick from Moredun, Professor Peter Morgan from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, Professor David Hopkins from Heriott Watt University and Dr Cesar Revoredo-Giha from SAC - in an accessible and interactive exploration of the main issues around food security and how science might help secure the future of our food.

Professor Lee Innes, one of the organises of this event commented; "Food security really just means the availability of safe and nutritious food produced using sustainable and efficient systems. The demand for food is expected to increase by 40% in 2030 and by 70% in 2050 to meet the anticipated global population growth. At the same timethe amount of land suitable for food production is likely to decrease.Therefore we need to develop sustainable and efficient methods of
food production that minimise impact on the environment."

Published on 28 August 2012 in Sustainability and Communities , Food, health and wellbeing