Soft Paths to a Sustainable Food System Seminar

Actions Panel

Soft Paths to a Sustainable Food System Seminar

In this talk, Dr. Ramankutty will describe the nature of global agriculture today, broadly outline the coupled challenges of food security.

When and where

Date and time

Location

Halpern Centre Room 114 Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Canada

Map and directions

How to get there

About this event

Our global farming system feeds people and provides livelihoods for many but it is also one of the biggest causes of global environmental problems. Finding ways to feed 10 billion people in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner remains a major challenge of the coming century. There is a contentious debate on how this can best be achieved. Some advocate for new technological systems, such as genetic modification or vertical farming, while others argue for agroecology and local food systems. Still others argue that we need to shift to plant-based diets and reduce food waste. In this talk, Dr. Ramankutty will describe the nature of global agriculture today, broadly outline the coupled challenges of food security and environmental sustainability, and explore the benefits and costs of various proposed solutions to address them.

About the Speaker: Dr. Navin Ramankutty is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Data Science for Sustainable Global Food Systems at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. He was trained originally as an engineer, but his interests shifted over the years to climate science, global ecosystem science, and land & food system science. Today his research uses global data and models to explore solutions for sustainably feeding humanity.