Join Farmers Guardian's food security debate - October 7
WHAT should the role of farmers be in feeding the world?
As the world’s population bulges, while its resources become scarcer and the threat of climate change looms ever larger over its future, the food security question is dividing scientists, farmers and politicians.
Is the priority maximising food production on available land in a way that minimises environmental damage and embraces scale, targeted use of inputs and new technologies like GM?
Or is the answer an extensive model of food production that nourishes the soil for future generations and shifts demographics by employing more people on the land?
Mainstream or organic? Sustainable intensification or agroecology?
However it is phrased, the outcome of this debate has huge implications for how will farmers operate and how food is produced over the next few decades.
Join us at 1pm on Friday, October 7, on this website www.farmersguardian.com for the next in our CropWorld Global 2011 internet debates when we will be putting these questions to a panel of experts, including:
- Professor Ian Crute, AHDB chief scientist who contributed to the Foresight report.
- Hans Herren, director of the Millennium Institute, and a leading advocate of agroecology.
- Peter Kendall, NFU president.
- Colin Tudge, biologist and writer who fronts the Campaign for Real Farming.
As ever you can join in and ask questions, too.