There are almost eight billion people in the world today and the population will grow to close to ten billion by 2050. Almost eighty five percent of the population live in developing countries. One of the challenges for this ever-growing population is providing a secure food supply. We will discuss the trends in global food production and the technology used to increase global food supply. We will also explore the ever-growing global obesity epidemic – while there are 900 million under nourished people in the world there is a larger number of people, close to 1.4 billion, who are overweight. Finally, we will look at the overall health of the global population, their jobs, their lifestyle, and the relationship to global environmental health issues, in particular those dealing with problems such as water and air pollution, food production and safety, and infectious and occupational diseases. Professor Robson will share experiences from developing countries in Southeast Asia and West Africa. Case studies and current research will be used as illustrations.
Mark Robson (Plant Biology; Faculty Director, Byrne Seminars)
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