In May, the first annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum welcomed an international community of food advocates to try and set goals for a healthy food future of our planet. With lectures and panel discussions from leaders in the fields of science, politics and business, Eat Forum offered a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue.

Fortunately, for those who could not attend to rub-shoulders with the likes of Bill Clinton, Tristram Stuart and Tim Lang, Eat Forum have shared a selection of talks from the event. Below, we’ve curated our favourites.

Plenty More Fish in the Sea

Overfishing is a serious problem, but not an inevitable state of affairs. We can have more fish in the sea, more fish on our plates and more prosperous communities according to Kathryn MurdochAs an advocate for the Environmental Defence Fund’s Catch Shares, she believes that this form of rights based management has the potential to help both fish and fishermen thrive. Let’s encourage careful design of these rights, which hold fishermen accountable for their catch and can empower them to become champions of conservation, rebuilding our oceans and fishing communities.

 

From Treatment to Prevention: How better nutrition can improve the health of people and planet

Along with meerkats and tamarins, we are one of the few species that enjoy cooperative nurturing. For Professor Anthony Costello, Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health, this is certainly one of humanity’s greatest assets. How, he asks in this heartening talk, can we use the networks of cooperation that was historically so successful for humanity, to aid public health and food security today. Drawing from the science on knowledge sharing, social support and solidarity, this Eat Forum talk argues that our ancestral mechanisms of generating trust should be utilised for a better food future. Sounds like strong support for the food movement to us.

Antibiotics – a non-renewable resource

Antibiotics are the ultimate non-renewable resource. They are also crucial life-saving drugs. A post antibiotic era, where minor injuries or common infections can kill, is a very real possibility in this century. Christina Greko, Assistant Professor of the Swedish Veterinary Institute, focuses on the role animal husbandry has to play in this issue; its role in the cause, and its potential role in helping to reduce the risk. She reminds us that the health of plants, animals and planet are one and that we all have a part to play – you can choose to support the systems that ensure sustainable antibiotic use, or at least to start asking the right questions.

Can we Produce Food in the Ocean?

Alf-Helge Aarskog, Co-chair of the Global Salmon Initiative is a big picture thinker. Three quarters of the Earth’s surface is ocean and the productivity of our agricultural land is short, you connect the dots. Highlighting the biggest threats to the sustainability of the fishing industry, Aarskog explains how the salmon sector is working together to share knowledge and find solutions to implement positive change based on best practise. Together they have the potential to  radically change aquaculture.

Feature image by Abraham Chacko

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