The 21st century challenge: To feed 10 billion people, safely and sustainably
2nd International Conference on Food Safety and Regulatory Measures
June 06-08, 2016 London,UK

Malcolm Elliott

The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security, UK

Keynote: J Food Process Technol


In 1970, when Norman Borlaug, ??The Man Who Fed the World?, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he observed that ??Most people still fail to comprehend the magnitude and menace of ??the population monster??. If the world??s population continues to increase at the estimated present rate of two per cent a year it will reach 6.5 billion by the year 2,000 unless man becomes more realistic about his impending doom?. He observed that ??it is time that the tide of the battle against hunger was changed for the better - but ebb tide could soon set in if we become complacent?. The harsh reality of this warning was recognized in 2008 when the price of wheat and maize doubled and that of rice tripled, leading to food riots in twenty countries. The rate of increase of the world??s population has not been reduced and in October 2011 it reached 7 Billion of whom some 948 million were chronically malnourished. As the global population continues to rise we must confront the question ??how will we feed 10 billion people safely and sustainably?. We will need to grow more food on less land, using less water, less labour and fewer agrochemicals while we confront global climate change and avoid further dramatic reductions of biodiversity. Norman Borlaug was in no doubt that the problems could be resolved so long as the whole range of scientific advances is deployed at the earliest opportunity. Borlaug was particularly concerned that the campaigns of ??anti-science zealots? are causing the potential benefits of molecular approaches to crop and animal improvement to be missed. The regulations that are applied to food safety will be discussed with emphasis on these issues.

Biography :

Malcolm Elliott graduated with First Class Honours in Plant Sciences from The University of Wales in 1963. His PhD in Plant Biochemistry (1966) was followed by a period as a Fulbright Scholar and Research Staff Biologist at Yale University (1967-1969). He returned from the USA to the post of Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at The University of Leicester (1969-1971), he became Professor and Head of The School of Life Sciences at De Montfort University, (1971-1994), Chairman of the College of Deans at De Montfort University (1989-1993) then Founding Director of The Norman Borlaug Institute for Global Food Security (1994 to 2011) and Editor in Chief of the BioMed Central open access journal Agriculture & Food Security (2011 to date). He is the author of several hundred research publications and has directed the Higher Degree programmes of more than fifty Graduate Students. He was honoured by the award of the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (1984), the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Biology (1989), the Charles University Medal (1992), the Gregor Mendel Gold Medal for Biological Sciences Research of Exceptional Merit (1993), the Jan Evangelista Purkyne Medal (1994) and the DSc (Honoris Causa) of the Bulgarian Academy of Agricultural Science (2006).

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