Experts to discuss how to feed our future
Former US Secretary of State John F Kerry has been announced as one of the keynote speakers at the Global Table event on the future of food, being held on 3–6 September 2019.
The four-day event will bring together leaders in the agriculture, food and beverage industries to discuss solutions to the challenges facing food systems worldwide, including climate change, population growth, emerging middle-class markets and shifting consumer preferences.
“The world is on the cusp of a revolution in food and agriculture,” Kerry said. “We have to make radical changes to ensure the prosperity of future generations. That’s not a bad thing. It’s an exciting time to be part of these industries.”
Alongside Kerry, other keynote speakers will be Dr Howard-Yana Shapiro (USA), Chief Agricultural Officer of Mars Incorporated, who has spent more than 50 years working in agricultural and agroforestry systems, systems biology, plant breeding, molecular biology and genetics, and Shama Sukul Lee (NZ), Founder and CEO of Sunfed, a New Zealand food tech start-up which uses clean technology to make meat without the animal.
The conference program, created in partnership with Seeds&Chips – The Global Food Innovation Summit, includes more than 150 speakers covering five themes: rich diversity; technology, innovation, research and development; commitment to wellbeing; globally connected; and artisan spirit. Topics will explore every aspect of the agribusiness chain from farm to fork, including biodiversity, precision agriculture, food waste, plant-based protein, artificial intelligence, open innovation and food as medicine.
“Global Table provides a unique opportunity for global leaders everywhere to come together and explore what the future of our food systems looks like, making the most of innovative technology that’s now available,” said Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha. “We’re delighted to be able to provide the platform for the entire agrifood supply chain to collaborate on solutions for lasting growth.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with peers, attend site visits in Victoria on 6 September, view new products from more than 200 Australian food and beverage exporters at the Trade Zone and learn about the products and services that will make homes, farms, factories and cities smarter and more sustainable at the Innovation Precinct.
In partnership with the Australian Food Awards, Global Table will give businesses and entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their projects and innovations on the global stage through their awards program taking place on 5 September.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said: “Victoria is renowned for its fresh, seasonal produce, committed growers and producers, food innovation and award-winning restaurants, and I look forward to Global Table showcasing our vibrant industry to the world.”
What: Global Table
When: 3–6 September 2019
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
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