Meeting farming’s sustainability challenge: circular approaches to make agriculture ‘greener’ and more profitable.
Emma Needham, Head of Communications, The Biorenewables Development Centre.
How can we continue to provide the world’s growing population with nutritious, affordable food in a way that is both environmentally and economically sustainable? One approach is to adopt a ‘circular’ approach where underused crop residues, food processing wastes and manures are used to make high-value products for the food, health and farming industries. Tomato skins, wheat straw, brewery waste and potato peelings all being investigated for their potential as a source of high-value compounds that can be used to make products such as proteins, bio-plastics and fertilisers: an approach that avoids waste to landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and lessens our dependence on fossil fuels.
This event will be an opportunity to find out about the latest research from the European-Chinese research consortium AgriLoop and the UK-based Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC).
It will also be an opportunity to explore issues such as: the environmental impact of agriculture, the potential and risks from using ‘waste’ as a resource and the transition away from fossil fuels.
Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
We are holding this Cafe Scientifique session on Wednesday 20th March 2024 from 7pm, talk starting at 7.30pm, in the “Den”, Mickelgate Social, 148-150 Mickelgate on the corner of Bar Lane, York. Nearest car park at Nunnery lane and the venue is a short walk from York Station or Rougier Street buses.
Buy a drink at the ground floor bar, (beer, coffee, fruit juice, wine and spirits all available) and then come down the stairs to the basement “Den” where there are tables, chairs and sofas and a sound system and large screen. Apologies that there is no lift.