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The ‘good’ and ‘bad’ of food production

All day from Friday 26 March until Sunday 4 April

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Photographs are powerful storytelling tools. However, their meaning is often open to interpretation; an image can hold different meanings depending on the accompanying headline, hashtag or meme. Photographs depicting food production often evoke strong feelings and increasingly divide opinion. Food production is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. But nothing is ever that black and white.

Contrasting solutions for reducing food systems’ contribution to the climate crisis are emerging. Industrial-scale sustainable intensification and smallholder farming represent two very different approaches. While both are valid, they sit in opposition to each other. Even within the same research project, there can be conflicting opinions on how best to create sustainable food systems.

In the large and rapidly growing country of India, with its diverse landscapes, increasing urbanisation and widespread drought, developing a sustainable food system must be balanced with feeding those who live there, many of whom live below the poverty line.

Is industrial farming inherently bad? Is subsistence farming too marginal to make a difference? Is the best solution a combination of the two?

Visit an interactive virtual exhibition of images from India that depict relationships with food and the livelihoods of those involved in its production. Listen to contrasting views from scientists and social scientists working on the TIGR2ESS programme. Share what food sustainability means to you.

There are two sides to every story.

Register to attend this event here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/132390175579

Booking/Registration is: POSSIBLE

Twitter handle: @TIGR2ESS

Available on demand 10am-4pm every day of the festival. Details of how to access the exhibition will be posted on EventBrite.

Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Timing: Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: No maximum
Theme: Environment, Society
Image copyright: Toby Smith (@tobysmithphoto)

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