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    Welcome everyone! We will be starting in about 10 minutes.

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    This clip is from FAO at the United Nations.

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    This event is presented jointly with PRI’s The World & WGBH.

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    The event is also part of The Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.

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    Gary Adamkiewicz is a faculty member of the our Center for Health and the Global Environment: http://www.chgeharvard.org/

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    The federal report, The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, Water Resources and Biodiversity in the United States, is here: https://www.usda.gov/oce/climate_change/SAP4_3/CCSPFinalReport.pdf

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    This clip is from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.

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    We will be having a brief Q&A towards the end of this hour. You can post your questions here or email them to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu

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    The Open Agriculture Initiative has more information about food computers here http://openag.media.mit.edu/

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    This clip is courtesy of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab.

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    Caleb Harper and Peter Thomson did a short Facebook Live Q&A this morning. You can watch it at: https://www.facebook.com/Forumhsph/

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    You can also learn more about Calestous Juma’s work at the Belfer Center at http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/231/calestous_juma.html

  • Philip Boxell

    This is such an American centric basically worthless seminar. Mr. Jumpa is the sole person providing specific anecdotal and then specific applicable explanations. The other three have spent the past thirty minutes presenting questions and telling us about their research. This is why Trump hates you guys. No discussion about what to do, but only the generalized policy questions. Please. Just let Mr. Jumpa talk. Mr. Thompson should just step back.

    • Dan Mitchell

      Really? Even here?

  • Dan Mitchell

    will video of this be available afterward, and if so, when?

    • The Forum Moderator

      Yes, thanks for asking. The full video will be posted on this site tomorrow. We also will post it on YouTube.

      • Dan Mitchell

        thanks!

  • Leah McGrath

    How can we help consumers think less nationalistically and realize that developed nations may be able to cope better with challenges of climate change than developing countries?

  • Philip Boxell

    I have lived in China for four of the past five years, and several months in Nepal. The short vid on India is very significant. Placed in the context of Mr. Jumpa’s comments, the vid presents a local, visual explanation of the trancendant threat of climate change.

  • Leah McGrath

    Caleb mentioned the dilemma that many consumers have little or no grasp of science and are far removed from ag and farming …this often makes them easy prey for fearmongers , misinformation and fake news and a subsequent fear of technology when it comes to our food. What can we do to help educate consumers and promote accurate information?

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    Thanks to all posting questions for our panelists. We are passing them along and our Q&A should start in a few minutes.

  • Philip Boxell

    Mr. Jumpa: do you have thoughts given what we presently know and perhaps expect from climate change, what impacts can China and US expect in light of Africa’s experience with applying knowledge of drought to climate change. I apologize for this long question.

  • Philip Boxell

    I apologize for misspelling Mr. Juma’s name in earlier posts. I thank him and all of you for this seminar.I

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      Thank you for joining us. Glad you are finding the discussion useful.

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    Thank you viewers for posting questions. We will get to as many as we can and will ask our panelists to login and respond, too, after the event, if they are able.

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    Quick reminder that this video will be posted on demand on this page by end of the day tomorrow and will also be posted on YouTube and iTunesU. We also will post the audio as a podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes.

  • Jennifer Viechweg-H

    There is evidence that Climate Change affects the poor first and worst, how do we start to empower that segment of the population?

  • If the majority of future proteins are coming from plants, what characteristics of plant-based high-protein foods are desirable by those who are being fed? Do we merely learn to like what we get?

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    Our event will end soon. Thank you again for joining us today.

  • Jane Black

    Are there any specific examples where you have seen climate change changing/impacting production in the United States? (Besides the CA drought.) What changes have been made or have farmers just moved on?

  • “Fishing is a form of hunting” – Calestous Juma. Well, isn’t a more rational and civilized future one based upon farming and plant-based foods?

  • If George Church (a vegan?) says future food will be cyanobacteria, what do YOU think?

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    Thank you all for joining us today. This is our last Forum in 2016. We wish everyone a healthy New Year!

  • Kristen Lally

    Question sent from email-

    The UN FAO and World Bank are projecting a 50 MMT shortfall in global seafood supply in 15-25 years caused by the growth of a middle class in China and population growth. (to put this in perspective, the global seafood harvest has bee stable at about 95MMT for15 years.)
    Where does seafood fit in the global protein picture, and what can we do to avoid a massive increase in seafood prices when supplies fail to meet demand?

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    Question sent by email-
    W. Sparks
    Germany

    Question- Given climate changes, what types of crops will be affected the most, and what are some alternative solutions being developed or on the market to help consumers acquire, grow and/or maintain their preferred foods of choice and comparable nutritional benefits.

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    Question sent by email-
    P. Doyle

    Question- How can food researchers obtain more funding for ocean research? We spend far more on Space than on ocean studies even though access to the ocean is within reach

    Question- If minerals come from healthy soil, how can humans get needed minerals from food grown by aero ponics or hydroponics. Would we need to introduce synthetic minerals as a less than ideal solution?

    Question- What is the most effective step US citizens can take to get the government to cut back on current use of pesticides and livestock waste runoff that depletes the soil and damages our water?

  • Kristen Lally

    Question sent by email-

    Question- How will the new Trump administration affect the challenges we face on feeding a burgeoning growing population and be environmentally kind to our planet?

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    Question sent by email –
    B. Sumar/ Western Sydney University
    Question- Can you please shed some light on GM foods; is there any reason to suggest they may be harmful or not as nourishing?

  • Kristen Lally

    Question sent by email-
    You’ve discussed the climate benefits (not to mention health benefits) of shifting to a more plant-based diet. What are your thoughts on HOW to make this shift more quickly than we are?

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    Question from email

    W. Sparks, in Germany
    I organize the AgTech FoodTech Summit in Germany and we just held an event in Berlin discussing these topics. My question for the panelists is: Given climate changes, what types of crops will be affected the most, and what are some alternative solutions being developed or on the market to help consumers acquire, grow and/or maintain their preferred foods of choice and comparable nutritional benefits.

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    Question from email

    East Coast Shellfish Growers Associaton
    The UN FAO and World Bank are projecting a 50 MMT shortfall in global seafood supply in 15-25 years caused by the growth of a middle class in China and population growth. (to put this in perspective, the global seafood harvest has bee stable at about 95MMT for15 years.)
    Where does seafood fit in the global protein picture, and what can we do to avoid a massive increase in seafood prices when supplies fail to meet demand?

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    Question from email

    B. Sumar, from Western Sydney University in Australia
    Can you please shed some light on GM foods; is there any reason to suggest they may be harmful or not as nourishing?

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    Question from email

    D. Garcia-Baran
    How will the new Trump administration affect the challenges we face on feeding a burgeoning growing population and be environmentally kind to our planet?

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    Question from email

    If minerals come from healthy soil, how can humans get needed minerals from food grown by aeroponics or hydroponics. Would we need to introduce synthetic minerals as a less than ideal solution?

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    Question from email

    Agriculture has developed over the past century over a fairly stable climate conditions. Are the rapid changes we’re looking at – temperature extremes, weather extremes, weed and disease growth, etc. – actually capable of leading to a total food system collapse? How much time do we have to avoid something like that?

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    Question from email

    How will tropical and subtropical areas of the developing world be able to handle the projected climate changes and adapt, given all the other challenges they’re facing? These regions have so many fewer resources and are expected to experience some of the most major impacts.

    • Oladele O.O

      They actually have more than the West not few… The challenges facing them is their inability to tap or even identify these resources and use them to advance their plights.

      The developed nations have not been since, they in part rape these region, give them sub standard education.

      The only way out is through education.

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    Question from email

    Can you talk a bit about the potential for future water shortages and the potential for conflict over resources like that, or even farmable land. Water is perhaps even more than food as an issue in all of this.

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    Question from email
    What are the main steps we need to take to greatly increase carbon sequestration in agricultural soils or through other processes, such as growing new forests

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    Question from email

    I’ve read studies that say that conditions for food production will improve in the mid to high altitude countries, which are the richer areas of the world, while the lower latitudes where many poor nations are located will experience much decline. How do we adapt to this growing resource divide between the haves and have nots which is only going to be greatly exacerbated by climate change?

    • Oladele O.O

      I think we should come to the reality of poor and rich. I actually think those we think are poor are richer than us. We based our own judgement on our own values without factoring in what is important to them. They are aware of only their worlds until we expose them to our own insecurity and ask them to use our methods like land grabbing.

      Most people in poor regions have access to lands, they can plant for their families until we came with our views and opinions and leaders in these part start stealing lands giving to their cronies. Now we have to think about them and their needs.

      We have to look at the policies in ‘developed environments’ how such impact and affect developing nations.

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    Question from live chat

    Caleb mentioned the dilemma that many consumers have little or no grasp of science and are far removed from ag and farming …this often makes them easy prey for fearmongers , misinformation and fake news and a subsequent fear of technology when it comes to our food. What can we do to help educate consumers and promote accurate information?

  • The Forum at HSPH

    Question from live chat

    How can we help consumers think less nationalistically and realize that developed nations may be able to cope better with challenges of climate change than developing countries?

  • The Forum at HSPH

    Question from live chat

    You’ve discussed the climate benefits (not to mention health benefits) of shifting to a more plant-based diet. What are your thoughts on HOW to make this shift more quickly than we are?