My lecture on childhood nutrition and food politics at the University of Georgia has been cancelled: Coronovirus.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has a new report out on Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030.
In the next decade, the major goals for food and agricultural research include (1) improving the efficiency of food and agricultural systems, (2) increasing the sustainability of agriculture, and (3) increasing the resiliency of agricultural systems to adapt to rapid changes and extreme conditions.
To that end, the committee that wrote this report examined “breakthrough opportunities that could dramatically increase the capabilities of food and agricultural science.”
I’m worried about how all this will help make agricultural production more sustainable. For that, we need smaller scale, fewer chemical inputs, crop rotations, and other such methods. I wish NASEM would do a serious study on agricultural sustainability.
Update, May 26: Benjamin Chaulet has translated this into French and posted it on his blog, nutrition-newage.com. Here is a pdf.