Saturday, February 1st @ 4PM
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By 2050, the world population is predicted to reach 10 billion people. In this period droughts, floods, storms and unseasonal temperatures are expected to affect our food supply.
Writer and educator Amanda Little asks, "What will humans eat?" She has spent four years travelling around the world, researching what people, businesses and government are doing to ensure humanity can be fed sustainably and equitably in the future.
She explores meat grown in labs from cultured animal cells, crop-weeding robots that remove the need for pesticides, and vertical indoor farms where vegetables are grown with neither sun nor soil. She reports on a trend among consumers to stockpile long-life food, a practice that has created an industry that has more than tripled in the past five years in the United States.
She begins with a 2014 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that states that given current warming trends, today's agricultural practices will no longer be able to support large human populations by the middle of the 21st century.
Yet, Professor Little is optimistic and writes with verve and care about the new practices and approaches in food production, many using artificial intelligence and robotics. Her journey took her from an apple orchard in Wisconsin to a remote control organic farm in Shanghai, from Norwegian fish farms to famine-stricken regions of Ethiopia. She meets small permaculture farmers and "Big Food" executives, botanists studying ancient superfoods and Kenyan farmers growing the country's first GMO corn.
She asks tough questions -- Can GMOs actually be food for the environment -- and for us? Are we facing the end of animal meat? What will it take to eliminate harmful chemicals from farming? How can a clean, climate-resilient food supply become accessible to all?
Throughout her journey, she finds and shares a deeper understanding of the threats of climate change. She reports what she has learned and expresses her sense of awe and optimism about the scope of human ingenuity.