Feed Our Future: A New Zealand Sustainable Food Systems Dialogue

Sustainably feeding a growing population is a global problem, but also one for New Zealand to consider. Where does our reputation for high quality, premium food products fit in a hungrier world? How can kiwi innovation and ingenuity make a difference to the global future of food?

At the Feed our Future dialogue, stakeholders and decision makers came together for an accessible evidence-based discussion of the key global issues and the local decisions that we need to make. We explored the current conversation of sustainable food, bringing moderation and balance to what is often a debate of extremes. This dialogue inspired valuable conversations and put New Zealand at the front of the sustainable food systems debate.

Feed our Future – Setting the scene/An introduction to the event
Hon Steve Maharey

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Session 1 – Nutrition comes First

“Nutrient Bioavailability and protein quality” 
Professor Thom Huppertz, Wageningen University & Research
“How affordable and accessible is nutrition?” 
Dr Nick Smith, Riddet Institute

Session 2 – The Current Food System Conversation

“Origin of the current conversation: An exploration of the Animal/Plant divide”
Professor Frédéric Leroy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
“The role of animals in a sustainable circular food system” 
Associate Professor Hannah Van Zanten, Wageningen University & Research

Session 3 – Food Systems Impact

“Reframing food waste with respect to nutrition” 
Professor Wayne Martindale, University of Lincoln, UK
“Environmental footprinting and accounting for nutrition” 
Dr Stewart Ledgard, AgResearch

Session 4 – Changing the food system?

“Alternative proteins – what is their realistic future?” 
Prof Paul Wood, Monash University, Australia
“Consumers are central to any change in the food system” 
Prof Joanne Hort, Massey University and the Riddet Institute
Wrap Up – Dr John Roche Ministry of Primary Industries

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