Feeding the Future: Food Sustainability and Climate Change
Do we eat to live, or do we live to eat? With food production responsible for a significant portion of global greenhouse gas emissions, eating and living on a healthy planet can be at odds.
The 2023 Harvard Radcliffe Institute science symposium will explore the dilemma of addressing the global climate crisis while feeding the world’s population healthfully and equitably. How we produce, transport, prepare, and consume our food has direct implications for food access and security as well as for the future of the planet.
Advances in plant genomics, innovative uses of ingredients and preparation, equitable methods of distribution, and even applications of artificial intelligence are carving out pathways for adaptive solutions, especially for resource-poor environments. Policies keyed to sustainable farming and diets in the United States and abroad will enable the agricultural sector, the restaurant industry, and individual consumers to help balance their food practices with a healthier environment.
Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Melanie Mason and David W. Niemiec Fund for Science and the Ethel and David Jackson Fund for the Future Climate, which are supporting this event.
We plan to post the recording on our website later in October.
See "Feeding the Future: Food Sustainability and Climate Change Opening Event” for information on the Monday, October 2, 2023, evening keynote program.
The Food-Climate Conundrum (Harvard Magazine, 10/5/23)
Please join us in person for a student poster session and community ideas fair showcasing work related to the symposium’s themes on October 3 from noon to 1 PM.
See "Feeding the Future: Food Sustainability and Climate Change—Student Poster Session and Ideas Fair" for list of projects and participants.