972: The City Food Lecture

The City Food Lecture is an annual event held at the Guildhall in the City of London. It is and organised by the seven City Livery Companies whose roots are in the food industry –the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters. This paper is based on a video about the lecture and ensuing discussion. This year’s lecture was entitled ‘Managing the Earth's Resources to Deliver Food for Nine Billion’ and was delivered by Sir David King. He was the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor and Head of the Government Office of Science between 2000 and 2007. He is now Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford, Director of Research in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, and is currently President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Year of Publication2010

Our challenge in the 21st century is to manage a single planet with a population of 9 billion by mid-century. We face a group of challenges that are hitting us all at once as well as food – water resource, climate change, conflict and terrorism. We need to deepen our global governance procedures to tackle these problems. GM provides potentially quicker solutions to food production problems and would save lives. Projects in China and Rwanda show how we can recover land for agriculture on a large scale by getting supportive politics and local people behind projects

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