Keynote: Sitopia - How Food Can Save the World

Presentation by researcher Carolyn Steel

Living in a modern city, it can be hard to ‘see’ food. We all eat every day, yet few of us really know where our food comes from. By failing to value food, however, we’ve created a bad sitopia. Climate change, deforestation, soil erosion, water depletion, pollution, mass extinction, diet-related disease and zoonotic pandemics are just some of the ‘externalities’ of the way we eat. Our lives are built on the illusion of cheap food, while in reality so such thing exists. Only by restoring food’s true value and harnessing its power for good can we hope to thrive on our crowded, overheating planet. Sitopia is not utopia; yet by valuing food and consciously shaping the world through it, we can come close to the utopian dream of a healthy, fair and resilient society.


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