Conclusion of the 13th Dialogue on Science in Engelberg

Thursday, 30. October 2014


Bettina Heim & Andrin Flütsch

Bettina Heim & Andrin Flütsch

Bettina Heim and Andrin Flütsch, both members of the Swiss Study Foundation, summarized the most relevant insights from the conference at the networking event of Academia Engelberg Foundation on October 30, 2014. They thought about what it will take in order to ensure food security in the long term.

„We need sustainable development. In other words, we want to achieve progress for all without exceed-ing earth’s capacity. But just what does progress mean?“ explained Bettina Heim. The problem is that progress has a different meaning for everyone, and there is no single definition. That is why progress must take a direction that is feasible for all. Furthermore, bio-diversity is a key issue. However, genetically modified crops must not be excluded in principle. Rather, various strategies and innovations must be considered and discussed.

Today’s food system is not sustainable. Both are convinced that this must change. Moreover, a transfer of information and know-how must take place. Farmers in poor countries often lack important information to produce sustainably and efficiently. More information on this presentation is available in the corresponding video.

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