We are living in an era of seismic challenges. Our global food system faces stresses it’s never seen before – from the climate crisis, population growth and fractured supply chains – but might these shocks to our system be a catalyst for positive change?
In the first episode of the latest BBC World News and bbc.com series, Follow the Food, renowned botanist, James Wong, will explore how farmers, scientists and innovators are radically reimagining how we grow and produce our food in a quest to meet the greatest challenges that are facing humanity, and to create a new and better food future.
The world’s food system is enormous, complex and, in many ways, remarkable. But it’s far from perfect. While we produce more food than ever before, there are inequities in distribution, disparities in quality and a toll taken on our environment and climate, but could now be the perfect time to rethink how we feed ourselves? If we could design a perfect food future, our foodtopia, what would it look like, and what would it take to create it?
Chiara Cecchini, a Forbes “thirty under thirty” social entrepreneur and the CEO and cofounder of Future Food Institute, explains: “This is the first time we have to feed eight billion people on this planet. So whilst we’re trying to feed all of us, we’re also trying to understand how to use all the resources we have to do that. Where we struggle is with certain paradoxes, such as obesity versus hunger, food loss versus food waste and the lack of responsible procedures to treat our land. These are the challenges we’re trying to resolve right now.”
To find out more or watch the episode in full, visit http://www.bbc.com/followthefood