'Think global, act local' relies on grassroots efforts to solve global problems such as ensuring food safety, supply, and sustainability.
When it comes to figuring out how to feed 9.5 billion people in 2050, we need not only global thinking but global actions to fund and enable those local actions on the farm and in the lab. That was at least one of the challenges tackled by attendees at the Agri-Food Genomics Forum
in Edmonton in October, and the solutions presented by speakers were not all about genetic engineering.
Breeding and marker assisted selection, diagnostic tools for heading off plant and livestock diseases, and the role of better data collection and analysis were seen as significant areas to target. Building collaborative projects and pooling resources were highlighted in the breakout sessions as key tools to make the science efforts a success.
Ray Atkinson was one of the organizers of the Forum. He is a Business Development Executive with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
in the United Kingdom. He talked with freelance broadcaster Don Hill
about the importance of biotechnology and why international collaborations will help producers be more efficient in producing food for the global table.