Global demand for food is set to double by 2050. As this happens, the consequences of climate change on farming will increasingly be felt. The resulting competition for access to land and water, and the impact on the natural environment – habitat loss, biodiversity, water bodies, and carbon emission – will have profound implications, at both local and global levels. In his talk, Professor Benton considered how far we can expect to be able to grow more food sustainably, and discuss whether we need to change our expectations of what can be made available.
This was a joint lecture with the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research and the Society of Biology, Scotland.
Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security & Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds