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Ep16: Charles Godfray and Pat Mooney debate the future of food systems

Episode summary

Thirty years ago in 1990, we were more than fifteen years away from smartphones, and global trade and the organic and local farming movement looked very different than they do today. What will food systems look like in 2050? We speak with Charles Godfray, director of the Oxford Martin School, and Pat Mooney, executive director of the ETC group, about how localised or globalised our future food systems should be. We talk about biodiversity, technology and knowledge domains as they relate to scale in the food system.

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This conversation was lightly edited from TABLE's launch event on 2 June 2021. You can view the full event recording here.

About the speakers

Charles Godfray is the Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and Co-Director of the cross-disciplinary Wellcome-funded Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Project.

Pat Mooney received the Right Livelihood Award in 1985 for his work defending peasants and their seeds. He is an IPES-Food (International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems) panellist, a founder of ETC Group and, most recently, the lead author of A Long Food Movement report.


Background reading and resources

What scale for the food system: Moving beyond polarised debates (TABLE, 2021)

A Long Food Movement: Transforming Food Systems by 2045 (Mooney et al., 2021)


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