These are some national and online events I’ll be attending–but these are mostly local to Chicago. All events are related to food and agriculture. You know, the good stuff. Will I see you there?
It’s an interesting time to be an omnivore. There’s culinary innovation around every corner and access to food media makes it easier than ever to keep tabs on everything that’s happening in the industry. But sometimes it’s difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Sustainability in Agribusiness and Food Production
Chicago – May 21, 2015
Opening networking: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Panel and Q&A: 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Networking: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated that, based on current consumption patterns, food production needs to increase by 60 percent to 70 percent by 2050 to feed the global population, though more than 50 percent of the world’s prime or good land is already being used for crop production. A focus on more sustainable practices—at the corporate and consumer levels—will be necessary to meet global food demand. Issues in the current system include: heavy water consumption (agriculture accounts for 80 percent of US water use, says the USDA), supply chain inefficiency, consumer food waste, over-nutrition/obesity, and growing livestock demand.
What does sustainability mean in agriculture and food production, and what are the best management practices? How are for-profit businesses employing sustainable practices, and what are their bottom-line incentives to do so? What can be done to influence changes in consumer behavior?
Join us for a discussion with a diverse panel of Chicago Booth alumni and industry leaders, who will share their expertise and perspective on the current environment and future outlook on sustainability in the agriculture and food production industries.