As one of society’s most critical infrastructures, the food system must continuously evolve to meet the demands of a growing and increasingly urbanized population. Particularly in an age of unpredictable climatic change, how can we sustainably feed the cities of today and the distant future? And given the enduring inequities in food access that exist around the globe, how can we ensure that scientific and technological innovations in the food system lead to shared benefits for all? This colloquium speaks directly to these key questions, bringing together scholars and practitioners with areas of expertise that traverse plant biology, agriculture and design, and economics and consumer behavior. The conversation explores case studies in both the developed and developing world, considering the futures of food, technology, and the city — from seed to field to table.
Featuring presentations from Associate Professor of biology Steven Franks, Assistant Professor of Economics Andrew Simon, and urban agriculture designer Elaine Kung of Blue Planet Consulting.
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