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Panel at JCU to Debate the Future of Food

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018
Panel at JCU to Debate the Future of Food

In 2016, the United Nations declared 29 June to be the International Day of the Tropics, in recognition of the pivotal role of the Tropics in the well-being of life on Earth. For example, the Tropics not only account for 40 per cent of the world’s total surface area and 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity, but by 2050, it is estimated that the region will host the majority of the world's people, including two-thirds of its children1.

Given the Tropics’ important place in the world, food for the people here is, and will continue to be, a key concern. A critical consideration is how all people in the Tropics can enjoy a diet that is sufficient in both quantity and quality while at the same time being sustainably produced.

This is the topic to be explored at Food Sustainability: A Panel Discussion from 7pm on the evening of 28 June 2018, at the Singapore campus of James Cook University. The panel will engage experts fluent in food security and sustainable food supply in a global and local Singapore context. The discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor Jennifer Cobcroft from James Cook University with the following panel speakers:

  • Professor Iain Gordon | Deputy Vice Chancellor (Tropical Environments and Societies), James Cook University
  • Professor Ng How Yong | Deputy Head (Administration) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore
  • Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie | Director of The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
  • Professor Dean Jerry | Dean of Research, James Cook University
  • Dr George Jacobs | President of Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
  • Dr Wang Pengji | Senior Lecturer (Business), James Cook University
  • Ms Pui Cuifen | Senior Environmental Scientist at DHI & Co-Founder of Foodscape Collective
  • Mr Darren Ho | Head of Citizen Farmer, Edible Garden City

After the sharing by the panel speakers, questions from the audience will be welcomed. Admission to this event is free of charge but advance registration is required.

There will be a photo contest with the theme of Small Actions, Big Impact in the Tropics to encourage contributions to the environment. Find out here for more details.

1 Taken from the State of the Tropics project (