Science

Forum: Food, waste and our future

Monday, 27 May, 2013

Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year while one in seven people in the world go hungry - a topic that will be discussed at a UNSW forum to mark World Environment Day.

The amount of food wasted annually is equivalent to the amount of food produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

This year’s United Nations World Environment Day theme - “Think.Eat.Save” - encourages individuals to become more aware of the environmental impact of the choices they make.

The Institute of Environmental Studies and UNSW Sustainability are hosting a Q&A-style Town Hall debate on this issue with  a panel of political, academic and social leaders, moderated by ABC journalist Matt Peacock.

The panellists are Ronnie Khan, founder of food rescue charity OzHarvest; ALP National President Jenny McAllister; Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council Cate Faehrmann; Liberal Member of the NSW Legislative Council Peter Phelps; UNSW student leader Osman Faruqi; and ‘green steel’ inventor UNSW Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

Members of the audience are invited to ask questions of the panellists and to participate in the debate via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #foodwastefuture #UNSW.

Invited guests include:
Dr Brian Keating: Director, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship
Dr Frances Bodkin-Andrews, Botanist, D'harawal elder with degrees in climatology, geomorphology and environmental science 
Laura Eadie : Research Director for the Sustainable Economy Program at the CPD.  Policy paper: Farming Smarter, Not Harder: Securing our agricultural economy
Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf, IES Deputy Director
Peter Ampt: Future of Australia's Threatened Ecosystems (FATE) program
Haydn Washington: Environmental scientist, writer and activist

What: World Environment Day at UNSW: Q&A-style debate on food waste

When: Wednesday 5 June. Reception from 6pm. Event from 6.30–8pm.

Where: Ritchie Theatre, Scientia Building, UNSW

RSVP: wed2013.eventbrite.com.au  Book NOW to avoid disappointment.

For more information about the event go to UNSW Sustainability

Media contact: Susi Hamilton, UNSW Media Office, 0422 934 024, Aaron Magner, Director, UNSW Sustainability 9385 1038