Questioning the Future of Food

Last month members of BSUFN took part in an event which explored the Future of Food. The event was held at the Science Museum, London, as part of the 50th birthday celebrations of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex.

Members of the public were given the opportunity to interact with, and ask questions of, SPRU researchs and experts on four topics concerning the future of food. Conversations were held around four questions:

  1. How will Brexit impact UK farmers?
  2. Could we be growing more food underground?
  3. How can the UK government best respond to the rising obesity problem?
  4. What impact does our food system have on climate change?

Some of these questions raised contentious issues among the public who engaged in the debates. There were areas of agreement while on other issues people disagreed and had different opinions about priorities and the future.

BSUFN would like to continue this debate. If you have any thoughts, opinions or ideas about the above questions please leave them in the comments box below and we will build the ongoing discussion around these comments.

You can read more about the SPRU anniversary event at the Science Museum and other celebratory events here.



One thought on “Questioning the Future of Food

  1. Caroline Hodges

    How can the UK government best respond to the rising obesity problem?

    According to Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on 1st November, ‘Theresa May’s Government has been accused of watering down plans designed to slash Britain’s childhood obesity levels after she replaced David Cameron. Curbs on junk food advertising and restrictions on unhealthy product placement in supermarkets were among measures cut from a draft of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy before it was published.’ If this is correct, it is yet another very worrying development, especially after her initial promise to fight injustice. If allowing big corporations to sell food to children which is unhealthy and will promote obesity is not an injustice I wonder what is? Most adults are still unaware how much sugar is in a can of soft drink.

    What impact does our food system have on climate change?

    I am not an expert and I realise facts and figures are debatable, but even if they are only partly correct, why take the chance of ignoring the very real dangers of climate change. The food we consume is no longer a personal choice. For example, meat is resource intensive; producing it and getting it to us uses more land, water, fertiliser and fuel than most other types of food. The result is that food prices are pushed beyond the reach of the poorest in some countries and the damage to the environment is incalculable.


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