Opportunities, challenges, and ways forward for emerging agricultural technologies in sustainable food systems
Guests:Dr. Rob Newell, Associate Director, Food and Agriculture Institute, and Dr. Lenore Newman, Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment, University of the Fraser Valley
The emerging technologies and techniques of the so-called fourth agricultural revolution, such as vertical and cellular agriculture, could potentially play a powerful role in transitions toward sustainable food systems. These technologies and techniques could support high-yield food production methods, with short supply chains and low environmental footprints, but technology alone does not comprise a sustainable solution.
Samantha Charlton speaks with Dr. Newell and Dr. Newman about their research that is applying an interdisciplinary lens to understanding, and managing, the sustainability and equity outcomes of new agri-technologies.
Climate resilience, agricultural land protection, food security, labour, employment, power relations, governance, and animal ethics, there is a lot to consider when evaluating agri-technology. This episode dives into how research can help consider these factors and inform the development and implementation of policies and strategies that take social and cultural implications into account.