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Debate @ Collaborate Innovate 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (CST)
Adelaide, South Australia
Six experts in two teams are debating the topic:
Innovation in agriculture has led to 'fast' food. It's time to 'slow' down
Innovation has always been part of Australian agriculture from the 'stump-jump' plough and Federation wheat, through to minimum tillage, precision agriculture and molecular plant breeding.
Although our innovative agricultural sector feeds approximately 60 million people annually, Australia is now a mostly urban society, increasingly disconnected from food production.
Is it time for a 'back to basics' approach to reconnect Australians with food production? Has technology lead to industrial agriculture and cheap food that is not understood or valued by Australian consumers?
Or is continued innovation the only hope for Australian agriculture; to remain internationally competitive and feed an increasing global population?
Will you be for or against?
Team for the affirmative
Andre Ursini, chef
Dr Rosemary Stanton, nutritionist
Sophie Thomson, gardening consultant
Team for the negative
Prof Rob Lewis, research manager
Prof Mark Tester, plant scientist
Philip Bruem AM, farmer
Dr Paul Willis, Director, RiAus
When: Tuesday 15 May 2012, 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Where: National Wine Centre, Cnr Botanic and Hackney Rds, Adelaide
This event is being held in conjunction with the Collaborate Innovate 2012 conference of the Cooperative Research Centre's association to celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer
When & Where
The Waite Research Institute, at The University of Adelaide
The Waite Research Institute brings together researchers from a range of disciplines including plant biology, genetics, soil sciences, agronomy, clinical nutrition and agricultural economics. They will pool their expertise to find solutions to major problems including meeting the challenge of ensuring global food security and providing Australia's agricultural, wine and food industries with innovative research-led developments.