On the 24th of October YPARD was invited to participate in an engaging #twitterchat hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition. The question of the day was: As climate change threatens food supplies and growing appetites threaten the climate we want to find out how diets might change and if we need to make our meals and our food system climate-smart?
The panelists discussing this topic came from different sectors of development but all had a common goal of ensuring the planets and populations well-being, especially in light of climate change. Conversing about this topic was leading global conservationists; WWF and the Rainforest Alliance, to experts on food security; BCFN, FoodTankand IFAD, investigative journalism; ProPublica, climate-induced food security; CGIAR and fighting poverty and injustice; ActionAid.
With this backdrop of outstanding actors, and a host of participants from similar fields, we were asked eight questions by the moderator Laurie Goering from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and we engaged in a multi-disciplined approach to climate change-related food security. From behind our desks, tweeting frantically with the hashtag #goodfoodmedia, a frenzy of questions, responses and answers came flooding through.
What risks does climate change present for food security? What are the most effective ways to reduce them?
With climate changing emissions still too high, proposals are gaining ground to suck emissions from the atmosphere by planting huge areas of the world to forest, harvesting trees and burning them for energy, with the emissions produced stored underground. Does this BECCS technology pose threats to food security and to land rights, particularly for the poor?