The expert Editorial Advisory Board for The Future of Food Production magazine has been announced ahead of the publication’s launch on 19 October 2022. The brand-new technical B2B publication will be jam-packed with innovations showcasing the future of agtech with a blend of deep dive articles, market focuses, technical features, interviews, news and research and will stand out from other industry resources with its integration of exclusive video content, audio as well as independently authored articles from the food technology sector’s most respected journalists.
The Editorial Advisory Board will be helping to steer the editorial direction of the publication as well as contributing articles, columns, thought-leadership and in some instances even moderating the magazine’s online panel discussions. The panel of eight so far includes: agtech pioneer Stephanie Race, CEO & Founder of Earth Labs Group; Gavin Hodgson, Director of Agriculture at UK retailer Sainsbury’s; Jack Bobo, Director, Global Food & Water Policy, The Nature Conservancy; Eric Levesque, Managing Partner, Cultivatd; Tony Hunter, Global Food Futurist, Future Cubed; Peter Lane, Executive Chairman, Vertical Farming Network; Joseph Swartz, Vice President, AmHydro; and Julie Cleijne, CEO & Co-founder, Sustainable Kitchen Consultants.
“My interests and experience lie in the intersection of human health with planetary and animal health,” explained Cleijne, who also brings to the table +20 years’ experience working in the management consultancy and banking sector at director level. Race, meanwhile, will be one of the columnists in the exciting new publication. “I will be looking at, among other topics, how food system transformation can deliver nutrient security, community and landscape resilience; financing the future of food in times of climate change and biodiversity collapse; and the role of biodiversity in nature-based solutions for climate change.”
It is a diverse panel of experts, each delivering specific areas of knowledge and experience to ensure the magazine’s content covers all of the main areas of this complex conundrum.
What we eat and how we produce our food are unequivocally linked to the climate crisis – to avert the worst impacts of climate change, it is paramount that the GHGs from the food and agricultural sectors are addressed. However, while the ag sector’s role in GHG emissions is widely known it is not well understood – some of the magazine’s content will be devoted to this area. To complicate matters further, these emissions are likely to increase as more people populate the Earth and the need for food continues to grow. Reducing agriculture emissions will require changing how we farm. Continuing and ever-more accelerating agtech as well as food-tech innovations will be necessary if the world is to successfully counter the effects of climate change.
The Future of Food Production magazine will be 100% devoted to future technologies to decarbonize today’s global food production system, produce bigger yields with fewer resources, and make it more resilient to shocks to enhance food security for the generations to come.
Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this complex issue and it will require incremental sometimes, small advances from a variety of technology sectors to ensure we produce enough food for a planet of ~10 billion people by 2050. Equally important is that feeding such a population must not come at the expense of the planet, so as we advance technologies to ensure we produce food more efficiently, to shore up the future food production system, it must also yield sustainability benefits. How we achieve that is what makes the topic overall such a fascinating one to provide a dedicated platform for.
“This will be a dynamic magazine covering a dynamic sector,” commented Nick Bradley, Editor. “But what makes it stand out is that much of the content in the magazine will be based on video interviews that we conduct in advance, so 30-40 minute interviews embedded into articles that by their nature can only feature a fraction of what was discussed. Nothing goes to waste and it also appeals to people who consume content in different ways, audio, video and the written word.”
The Future of Food Production magazine is the sister publication to the Future of Food Production Summit, taking place virtually on 15/16/17 November 2022, for which the preliminary program and speaker line-up has just been announced.
The team behind the Summit and magazine, Future-Proof Group Media, also practices what it preaches. “Personally speaking, it doesn’t sit right with me that there are tens of thousands of people clocking-up countless air miles, traveling around the world to debate how we can reduce emissions in the ag sector and ultimately reverse climate change,” added Bradley. “That seems entirely counterintuitive. With our platforms, both the magazine and the Summit, we can still provide that knowledge base with next to no emissions.
“By running the show as a virtual conference, we create less than 1% of the carbon emissions of a live event. Working with the emissions measurement platform, PlanA, we can measure and report our carbon emissions, reduce them where possible and offset anything leftover though certified local and global offsetting projects approved by PlanA’s team of experts. We also donate 1% of our ticket revenue to Stripe’s CO2 Removal Technology Project and we’re also a proud member of 1% For The Planet, and contribute another 1% of show revenue to tackling our planet’s most pressing environmental issues.”
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