The Future of Food

I was in Milan yesterday speaking (and eating) at the 4th international forum on food and nutrition. If you are interested in what I had to say about eating in 2030 there is a short video here (20 minutes). Click on the second page of videos and you should find me. Highlight for me was lunch (with wine!) and a conversation with Ruth Oniang’o, a food scientist and ex-member of parliament in Kenya.

Before me was Lester Brown from the Earthwatch Institute (doom and gloom but he is right about a number of things in my view). Afterwards was an interesting panel discussion hosted by Alex Thomson (Channel 4 News) featuring Guido Barilla, President Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, Franck Riboud, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Danone; Guy Wollaert, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Coca-Cola; Claude Fischler, Research Director CNRS; Director Centre Edgar Morin; Antonia Trichopoulou, Director, World Health Organization Center for Nutrition at the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Athens University.

BTW, there’s a very good report on Eating in 2030: Trends and Perspectives available for free on the website. If you can’t find it just contact me and I’ll flick you a copy.

Finally, I must just comment on what a total pleasure it was to attend this event. It was well organised and the speakers were terrific. However, the stand out part had nothing really to do with the event. It was Italy. It was the people. They were so well mannered, slow polite, so well dressed. They like thinking. And they still eat lunch!!!

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