Séminaire CEFE: David Williams - Feeding the world without costing the Earth

mercredi 12 décembre 2018 – 11h
Grande salle de réunion du CEFE | 1e étage, aile C

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David Williams

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management,
University of California Santa Barbara, USA

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Balancing food production with environmental concerns is perhaps the biggest challenge facing society in the 21st century. We may need to double food production to ensure global food security but agri-culture already covers nearly 40% of ice-free land; uses over half of all freshwater; drives greenhouse gas emissions; and is the greatest driver single threat to other species’ survival. Put simply, agriculture is both the most important activity for human well-being and potentially the most environmentally damaging of human actions.
David Williams is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California Santa Barbara, working with David Tilman on issues surrounding global food security and biodiversity. Before that he completed his PhD with Andrew Balmford at the University of Cambridge, in the UK, investigating which land-use strategies best balance food production with biodiversity conservation, and carbon stocks in Yucatán, Mexico. His research combines local land-use strategies with spatially explicit global models to inves-tigate how the decisions about what we eat and how we produce it influence the environment, and to plot potential pathways to sustainable global food security.

(Seminar in English, with Questions & Answers in English + French)

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