How are food, climate and society linked? Seminar series launches this week

Food is central to life; food production interacts with climate; food exists within society and serves cultural and social functions. Over the next few months BSUFN are exploring the links, interconnected issues, and feedbacks between these three areas in a new seminar series.

During the spring term of 2016, BSUFN, the Department of Geography (University of Sussex), and the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme will be co-hosting a seminar series on the theme of Food, Climate and Society. This series will explore the multiple challenges that the global food system is facing: feeding more people healthy food while limiting environmental and social impacts. We’re really excited to be welcoming 11 high renowned speakers to the University of Sussex for this seminar series.

The seminar series launches this week, Thursday the 4th of February 2016, with Professor Tim Lang (City University London) talking on the topic ‘Food: the elephant in the Climate & Society changing room’.

Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy since 2002. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For over 35 years, he’s engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the environment, health, social justice, and citizens.

He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation (eg auditing the Global Top 25 Food Companies on food and health). He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries (food standards x 2, globalisation and obesity), and a consultant on food security to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He was a Commissioner on the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11), reviewing progress on food sustainability. He was on the Council of Food Policy Advisors to the Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (2008-10), and was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Food Board in 2010.

All seminars are on Thursday lunchtimes from 12:30 to 14:00 and will be held in Arts C, Global Studies Resource Centre, University of Sussex. The full programme of speakers and seminar titles is available here.

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