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TABLE launch event: Should the future of food be global or local?

Published on
May 17, 2021

We invite you to join the launch event of the new food dialogue initiative, Table on June 2, 2021 from 14.00-15.45 CEST. Table builds upon the work of the Food Climate Research Network and is a collaboration between University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen University & Research.

Facilitating constructive dialogue

Join the launch event of the new food dialogue initiative Table on June 2, 2021 at 14.00-15.45 CEST. Table is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Wageningen University and Research, and it builds upon the work of the Food Climate Research Network. The WUR branch of Table is led by Sigrid Wertheim-Heck (strategic director, ENP), Jeroen Candel (research director, PAP) and Walter Fraanje (researcher, ENP). Read more about Table directly on the Table website tabledebate.org.

About TABLE

Debates about the future of food have become more polarised and polarising than ever before. All too often, little attention is paid to why people hold genuinely different views and how these differences inform analyses both of the problems and of possible solutions. Table aims to fill this attention gap by exploring the evidence and values that people bring to debates about food, in order to facilitate more reflective, informed and constructive dialogue. We aim to highlight not only critical differences but also areas of agreement so that we can suggest paths forward.

The kick-off conversation

Table’s kick-off event will be a conversation about scale in the food system. It will centre on perhaps one of the most complex questions around food and sustainability: At what scale should the food system operate? In other words, should the future food system be more globalised or localised, and why?

We are delighted to have this conversation with two thoughtful panelists who approach this topic from different backgrounds and perspectives: Maryam Rahmanian, an international consultant on biodiversity and agroecology and member of the IPES Food Expert Panel, and Prof Sir Charles Godfray, director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. More information about the speakers can be found here.

The moderated dialogue will be followed by an audience Q&A session, reflections from different perspectives, and an informal networking session. We hope that you will join the conversation here to offer your ideas and reflections.

Register here