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Harvard Webcast: The Future of Food: Feeding the Planet during Climate Change

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will host a free, live ForumHSPH.org webcast, The Future of Food: Feeding the Planet During Climate Change, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern. The Forum will be presented jointly with PRI’s The World and WGBH. By 2050, a projected 9.7 billion people will inhabit the planet. How will we produce enough nutritious food to support this burgeoning population and ensure access to food resources, particularly as climate change stresses the environment? This Forum will explore innovative methods and systems for producing food, as well as new types of products and underutilized sources. The panelists will talk about emerging technologies, including advances in genomics and aeroponics, to grow food. They also will discuss ways to sustain at-risk food resources made vulnerable from climate change, and the impacts for populations in developing countries. Expert participants will include Gary Adamkiewicz, assistant professor of environmental health and exposure disparities, Harvard Chan School; Caleb Harper, principal investigator/director, Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative, MIT Media Lab; Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development, Harvard Kennedy School; and Margaret Walsh, senior ecologist, Climate Change Program Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture. The moderator will be Peter Thomson, environment editor for PRI’s The World. It also will stream live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Forumhsph/. Send the panelists questions in advance to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu. We will conduct a live chat on The Forum’s Future of Food web page. Tweet us @ForumHSPH #futureoffood. The video will be posted on-demand after the event. The program is part of: The Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.