We all need to eat, but almost none of us grow our own food. Instead, we rely on a huge and almost hidden network that grows and transports our dinner from all over the world.
About the talk
The plastic greenhouses in Spain, the giant dairy facilities, the vast cargo ships carrying bananas and the endlessly connected cold storage—all of these are essential but invisible.
It's time to shine a spotlight on these invisible networks and talk about the ethical and climate costs of the food we buy. Does it make sense to transport food halfway across the world? Do we have more, or less food than we need? What do we really want to buy and eat? Do we know enough to decide what we actually want? It comes down to the sort of world we want. If you are what you eat, who do we choose to be?
- Ayesha Arif: Community Director at Bury Asian Women's Centre.
- Corin Bell: Corin is the Founder and Director of Open Kitchen MCR, an organisation that works to stop food waste, while showcasing seasonal, organic and ethical food from local, sustainable producers.
- Professor Sarah Bridle: A Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, Sarah Bridle founded the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network+, leads the Take a Bite out of Climate Change project and the Greenhouse Gas and Dietary choices Open source Toolkit (GGDOT). Sarah focuses on agriculture and food research and has won prestigious awards in the UK and Europe, including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship.
This is the third part of our series of talks curated by Physicist Helen Czerski, looking at equality, food and transport in the context of climate change.
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