Food sustainability shouldn’t be dumbed down: top scientist

By Michael Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Dumbing down messages about food sustainability risks souring the debate about food sustainability, a top scientist told the Institute of Food Science & Technology’s (IFST’s) spring conference yesterday (April 19).

In this exclusive video interview Professor Ian Crute, chief scientist with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, told,uk​ that “snap shot messages”​ about food sustainability risked confusing the public and impairing the debate.

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While complex topics were involved – such as global warming and energy use – a meaningful debate depended on full consideration of all the topics in the big picture, he said.

Crute was speaking at the conference – Securing the future supply of food: challenges and opportunies – staged jointly by the IFST and the Institute of Food Research at the John Innes Centre, near Norwich.

Earlier this month Crute told us that food sustainability should begin at home​. Ensuring the sustainability of domestic food supplies was key to ensuring UK food and drink manufacturers were well supplied with high quality products, he said.  

Watch out for more video news about food sustainability from the IFST Spring Conference on​ next week.

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