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Food and the Environment: How what we eat impacts the planet?

Food and the Environment: How what we eat impacts the planet? : Scottish Food Coalition/FRIED/RSPB/ seminar
Speaker: Professor Tim Benton # University of Leeds
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30th May 2017 12:30 - 30th May 2017 14:30
room F21, 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ

Professor Benton is Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, UK. From 2011-2016 he was the “Champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme which was a multi-agency partnership of the UK’s public bodies (government departments, devolved governments and research councils) with an interest in the challenges around food. The key role of GFS was to undertake systemic analysis and horizon scanning, in order to identify research priorities to mitigate the challenges of providing sufficient, sustainable and nutritious diets for all.

He has published over 150 academic papers, many on the topics of agriculture and its sustainability. His particular interest is currently on (a) food system resilience in the face of climate change, and (b) on how to manage land to deliver all we ask from it, sustainably. He has recently led on the production of an independent report requested by the supermarket chain, Morrisons, on the role of UK producers in feeding the UK.

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