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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.



Future of Food: Burgers… or bugs?

To celebrate the joint 50th Anniversary of SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit), University of Sussex, and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), a public event on the future of food was held on the 18th of May 2016 as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

The event included talks from BSUFN members Professor Erik Millstone (SPRU) and Dominic Glover (IDS), as well as Vera Zakharov (Brighton and Hove Food Partnership) and Dan Stott (Bug Boys). Edible insect canapes were also available for taste-testing.

A summary of the event is available on the SPRU website and a full audio recording of the discussion is available below.