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Living Planet Conference 2019

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We have lost our sense of connection to one of the greatest sources of human nourishment and planetary health – our food choices. In the last 50 years the production, preparation and packaging of food have changed dramatically due to new technologies as well as social and cultural shifts. We need to think holistically about long-term solutions.

Nourishing the nation

As South Africans move to cities, and our income increases, so diets change. We eat more meat and dairy, waste more and over-rely on packaged and processed food. On the other hand, South Africa needs to produce 50% more food by 2050. We won’t be able to address our three big challenges of undernutrition, over-nutrition and the environmental degradation and climate impact from food production and consumption without a transformative change in our food system. This was the focus of the 2019 Living Planet Conference: to debate, discover and taste the possibilities of a regenerative food system producing nourishing food for all.

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What came out of the conference?

LPC 2019 was a collaboration of chefs, farmers, civil society, scientists, government and business, who together explored holistic, long-term solutions to the three big food challenges.

A rich and immersive experience allowed us to tackle the issues intellectually and with compassion while also engaging the taste buds.

What were the highlights?

  • The former CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, Bonang Mohale, known as much for his patriotism as his active role in seeking to advance the country’s interests, delivered a powerful key note address.
  • Celebrity chef, food stylist and author Zola Nene, who promotes the goodness of farming and shopping with nature in mind, provided a delicious cooking demonstration.
  • WWF announced the winners of the 2019 Living Planet Award