Mr Cribb is a bespeckled man in his late 60s with striped braces. His appearance does not prepare us for his energetic and
impassioned presentation. His PowerPoint slides are filled with armaggedon-like scenarios.
NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM
Julian Cribb wasn't all doom and gloom. He said Australia would lead the new eco-agricultural revolution needed to meet this famine by sharing our technology and innovation with other countries. He said Australian farmers excelled at low-input farming and needed to be supported financially and socially. He wants us to teach our children a new respect for food and how it is produced. We also need to reshape our diets.
- We only eat 200 of the world's 23,000 edible plants
- In Australia we eat 5 of the 6000 edible varieties available
" even the most educated person after 7 days without food becomes a raging savage''
It's been a whole two hours since my last meal and I'm finding it hard to concentrate. Professor Batterham wants us to focus on waste. He says we produce enough food for no-one to go hungry but last year 1 in 20 Australians didn't have enough to eat. He blames distribution systems and our throwaway society.
He quotes an example from the British food industry where 3 billion cartons of unopened yoghurt are thrown away each year because they are past their use-by-date. He wants to see 'use by' replaced with 'best by'.
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