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Meet the Researchers, Our Future Food
The world needs a radically different global food system which works with nature and provides everybody with access to safe and nutritious food.

Researchers at the Global Food and Environment Institute at the University of Leeds are developing solutions that will help bring about transformative change and create a food system which is socially-just, climate-smart and able to adapt to enhance the future sustainability and habitability of our planet.

At these afternoon webinars, join alumni from around the world to hear about two research programmes that are leading important changes to food production and supply.

Wednesday 22 April 2020, 12:30pm - 1pm
Smart Agriculture: Professor Steven Banwart, School of Earth and Environment

With a growing world population we are faced with the competing demands of increasing farming productivity while reducing the environmental impact of farming practices. Leeds researchers are tackling the challenges to sustainable food production by finding more efficient ways to use water and energy and reduce the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers. By adopting an inter-disciplinary approach to address the challenges facing agriculture new solutions, that offer a smarter, enhanced and sustainable future for farming, are being developed.

Thursday 23 April 2020, 12:30pm - 1pm
Mapping the Leeds Urban Food System: Professor Caroline Orfila, School of Food Science and Nutrition

Leeds has a vibrant and diverse food culture, and a new multi-disciplinary project at the University is researching how the physical, biological and cultural fabric of the city influences the food habits, health and wellbeing of its citizens. The project is also exploring the resilience of the city’s food supply in the context of the climate emergency, and how research at the University can help develop a vision for a resilient and healthy future for Leeds.
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