World Leaders' Dialogues
Food for Thought – feeding nine billion within our planetary boundaries
November 16, 2014; 2:30pm – 4:00pm
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The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 805 million people are chronically undernourished in 2012–14. At the opposite end of the spectrum, obesity is soaring. In the US, for instance, 35.7% of adults are obese and 69.2% overweight. So how is it that one-third of all food produced is thrown away, and 1 in 7 individuals go hungry? This World Leaders’ Dialogue will challenge the audience to think about how their choices, as consumers in the globalized food production and distribution system, can help reverse our current food insecurity trends and statistics, in a bid to reduce global poverty and eradicate hunger. Furthermore, food related pressures through agriculture and fishing will have the greatest influence on protected area integrity and biodiversity decline in the 21st century. This debate will delve into the study on trade-offs between (bio)-fuels, food, and fodder, and look into the impact of genetically modified organisms.
The dialogue will be preceded by the performance of the Abholassani Tribal Confederacy of Iran.