Food Futures: Could new plants solve a food crisis?

Dr Jordan Dowell

Agriculture has been at the centre of civilisation for thousands of years. However, when we shop for our food, have you wondered about what developments have led to the food getting on our plates.

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Agriculture has been at the centre of civilisation for thousands of years. However, when we shop for our food we don't always think about what developments have led to the food getting on our plates.

In the mid-1900s there was a massive global investment in agricultural research, known as the Green Revolution. The products of these investments are attributed to saving over a billion people from hunger across the globe. These agricultural practices are at the centre of our current food systems and led to large initial increases in food production that have seemingly stalled in the past 20 years.

However, as our climate continues to change and populations increase, we are in the midst of a second green revolution, What does this mean for the future of crop breeding? Can incorporating more sustainable farming practices and genetic modification techniques help to provide accessible food?

Jordan Dowell, a postdoctoral researcher of Plant Chemical Ecology & Comparative Biochemistry at the University of California Davis, will join us in the garden to talk about what we can learn from the positives and negatives of the first Green Revolution and what the second coming of the Green Revolution looks like. 

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50 minutes

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Environmental Challenges

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Dr Jordan Dowell

Dr Jordan Dowell is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis. He researches how plants deal with pests, pathogens, and more importantly each other.

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Environmental Challenges Collection

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