The war in Ukraine has further destabilised already fragile agricultural market. Fertilisers prices are hitting new records, food prices are going through the roof and food insecurity risks contributing to hunger and to instability in already fragile regions.
Climate change will only amplify those effects. Threats to food security from droughts, floods and heatwaves as well as sea level rise are already materializing and are set to grow with global warming, affecting vulnerable regions in particular.
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Energy, food security and climate change must inevitably be considered together. Now is the time to unleash the convergence of breakthroughs in plant biotechnology, breeding and genome editing to develop truly climate resilient agriculture offering future-proof solutions that balance farmers’ productivity with environmental and biodiversity protection.
The bio-tech innovation can help us to reduce for example the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. Innovators are currently working on microbes that enable crops to convert nitrogen from the air into a form they can use to grow. Such a game changing transformation would be climate friendly, independent of energy prices and help maintain food security.
Our proposed discussion will showcase how new genomic techniques help not only by producing seeds that contribute to climate adaptation, but can also drive transformative change in response to the challenge of reducing our reliance on synthetic fertilisers, most of which are sourced from Russia and Belarus, producing more to feed a growing population, while striving to reduce agricultural emissions, halt deforestation and biodiversity loss and, ultimately, learn to live within the planet’s boundaries.
The debate will feature:
- Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General for Food Sustainability, DG SANTE, European Commission
- Paolo de Castro, Member of the European Parliament
- Elena del Pup, Board member, GeneSprout Initiative
- Stephan Schraff, Head of Public Affairs European Union, Bayer.
The discussion will be moderated by Paul Adamson, Chairman of Forum Europe.