Oxford prof to speak on food security Friday


Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

A renowned British biologist will give a lecture on global food security at University Auditorium on the University of Florida campus Friday afternoon.

Charles Godfray, a professor at Oxford University in the UK, will discuss “The role of sustainable intensification in global food security” during his lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Godfray is interested in changes in the global food system and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

“The coming challenge of food security will require action on producing more food, changing diets and improving food system governance. On the production side, the critical issue is can we simultaneously produce more food with fewer negative environmental impacts? This is what is meant by ‘sustainable intensification,’” Godfray said in a UF media release.

Godfray has also been an expert for the British government and United Nations on food and food security issues.

Friday marks Godfray’s first visit to UF. His lecture begins at 2 p.m.

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