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29 Oct 13 15:14

How do we feed 9 billion in 2050? Send YOUR ideas for YOUR FUTURE now!

On the 3 December 2013 we want you live or via live webcast to discuss YOUR FOOD FUTURE at "Connecting generations: Partnering for food security" at the Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon, near Zürich.

870 million people are hungry today. At the same time, 1.3 billion tons of food or about one third of global food production is lost or wasted annually.

So what are we going to do when we are two billion more on the globe?

Join us and discuss how YOU would DO IT with the following experts live at the Centre for Global Dialogue near Zurich, or via live streaming:

Ian Johnson, Secretary General, Club of Rome

Sidharth Srinivasan, TAS Manager, TATA Industries

Claudio Beretta, President,; Researcher, Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich

Dominique Kohli, Head, Markets and Added Value Planning Directorate, Federal Office for Agriculture

Joanna Meyer, Project Manager Agriculture, Swiss Re

So join the debate:
- here on Open Minds by leaving a comment below.
- or on twitter @SwissRe #openminds
- or in person or via live webcast on 3 December 2013

Register now and see you on Dec 3!

Connecting generations: Partnering for food security | Swiss Re - Centre for Global Dialogue

870 million people are hungry today. At the same time, 1.3 billion...

Category: Food security

Location: Rüschlikon, Switzerland


Alicia Montoya - 31 Oct 2013, 2:13 p.m.

Here's one idea (and it's already a product!) that I absolutely love: Replacing battery farmed eggs by cheaper, healthier, more sustainable plant protein. I really hope all food giants will adopt this practice and that consumers will have nothing but free range eggs in 2050. Here's to hoping! :)

Bernd Wilke - 4 Nov 2013, 6:16 p.m.

Here are some resources that can help frame the issue for our discussion on Dec 3:

The dating dilemma: Sell by dates lead to unnecessary food waste

The agricultural disconnect: Syngenta's new report looks at how people's perceptions of food security vary drastically and, sometimes, in contradicting ways. We need to invest heavily in education.

"We are cheap - at least with food": But how can we say we want sustainability and safety if we're not prepared to pay for it?

And here, the NYT looks at how climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar:

Alicia Montoya - 21 Nov 2013, 6:41 a.m.

Here are 6 ideas to feed 11 billion by 2100:, namely:
1) Eat less meat
2) Eat fake meat?
3) Throw less food away
4) Aquaponics
5) Vertical farming
6) Improve crop production worldwide

Paritosh - 1 Dec 2013, 3:49 p.m.

Considering the world divided between rich and poor... And poor, knowing the value of food would never waste their food... There is a lot that the rich need to learn and the best part is that they could be easily spotted (in jobs or business)!! Hunger needs to be separated from daily bodily requirement... which differs from person to person... can it be taught? To feed the 9 million (mostly poor) and prevent wastage of food by the Rich, this has to be done, but could it be done??

Jennifer Rodney - 2 Dec 2013, 9:50 a.m.

Paritosh have you perchance read the recent article by George Monbiot about how guilt and empathy are stronger in poorer countries, whereas rampant consumerism and waste are practiced with relatively few twinges to the conscience in richer countries?
It's quite a good read in my opinion:

Not sure what the answer is but anything that fosters education and empathy has got to be a step in the right direction. Programs like this in NYC give me some hope. :-)

Paritosh - 2 Dec 2013, 2:40 p.m.

One thing I agree with monbiot is if we mend and not spend... there will be a reversal in trends... a slow motion back to where our civilization came from... only still much better connected and with an intelligent society....

Jennifer Rodney - 2 Dec 2013, 3:42 p.m.

Was thinking that sounds like an idyllic but unlikely reality but then I was struck by the thought - is that what hipsters are doing? All the convenience and connectivity of the Internet, social media, etc. paired with thrift store clothes, recycled retro furniture, heritage vegetables from the farmers' market, home pickled food, LP records and so on? - 3 Dec 2013, 10:55 a.m.

It is all connected also to climatic problems and we need to act now. One possibility is a calculator where you can see the consequences of your actions, so follow to and start your personal activation and see the success.

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