2005 . Feed the people, feed the world
SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2005
"Feed people, feed the world" The theme of the inaugural session brought together 8,000 people at UNESCO (Paris). Food is central to man's relations with nature. The need for food governs the way we transform the natural environment, and, in addition, what we eat has a direct impact on our health, our morphology and our mental state.
With 6.3 billion inhabitants on the planet (8 billion in 2020), food is a major ecological challenge, both in terms of providing enough food for all the world's inhabitants while preserving nature, and also providing quality nourishment that does not harm man's health and his integrity.This issue so crucial to world society is therefore the central theme of the inaugural session of the Earth university held at UNESCO, an ideal venue for this new form of topical debate designed to reconcile environmental theory and economic practice. The 2005 cycle includes six discussion-debates revolving around two major queries: an increase in agricultural production and food crops is essential if we are to feed 6.3 billion individuals who do not yet all enjoy food security. But this must be done in such a way that bringing new land into cultivation does not destroy the forests (as in Amazonia and Indonesia!) with the corresponding impact on the climate, nor compromise the quality of soils, water resources and biodiversity (3). Will we be able to feed mankind while preserving the integrity of nature? Or are we moving, inevitably, towards an industrial agriculture that prospers at the expense of nature, which it replaces and turns into a desert? We are what we eat! Both our health and our personal equilibrium depend on the quality of our food. In the Western world, unhealthy eating habits and their most common ill effects – obesity, new diseases (4) – have become a dominant preoccupation. At the same time, the quantity and diversity of products have led to a decrease in deficiency diseases. How can we establish this equilibrium between quality and quantity and make it possible for man to live well both in his body and in his mind?
- Jacques ATTALI
Writer, president of PlaNet Finance
- Dominique BELPOMME
Oncologist, president of ARTAC
- Vincent DAVID
Responsible for external relations , Max Havelaar France
- Philippe DESBROSSES
Doctor in sciences of the environment, expert with the European Commission
- François EWALD
Professor at CNAM
- Jean-Jacques GRAISSE
Deputy executive director of the World Food Program
- Nicolas HULOT
President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind
- Thierry LEGAULT
Director of the quality department of Carrefour
- Jean LHERITIER
President of Slow Food France
- Benoît MIRIBEL
Managing director of "Action against hunger"
- Jean-Marie PELT
President of the European Institute of Ecology
- Pascal PICQ
Paleoanthropologist at the Collège de France
- Pierre RABHI
Farmer, writer, philosopher, founder of Terre et humanisme
- Frank RIBOUD
- Joël de ROSNAY
Chairman of Biotics International
- Marcel RUFO
- David SERVAN-SCHREIBER
Saturday, 19th November
1. Feed the people: what agriculture ?
- Philippe DESBROSSES - Doctor in sciences of the environment, expert with the European Commission
- Frank RIBOUD - CEO Danone
Moderated by: Erik IZRAELEWICZ
Saturday, 19th November from 11h00 to 13h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1
2. Let's explore and discover the new paths of the food.
- Jean LHERITIER - President of Slow Food France
- Jean-Marie PELT - President of the European Institute of Ecology
- Marcel RUFO - Child psychiatrist
Moderated by: Christine KELLY
Saturday, 19th November from 11h00 to 13h00 - UNESCO - Salle 2
3. "Seeds of possible". Contrasting perspectives on the ecology
- Nicolas HULOT - President of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind
- Pierre RABHI - Farmer, writer, philosopher, founder of Terre et humanisme
Moderated by: Jean-Jacques FRESKO
Saturday, 19th November from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1
4. From the prehistoric man to the symbiotic man: food supply and scientific progress.
- François EWALD - Professor at CNAM
- Pascal PICQ - Paleoanthropologist at the Collège de France
- Joël de ROSNAY - Chairman of Biotics International
Moderated by: François LENGLET
Saturday, 19th November from 14h30 to 16h00 - UNESCO - Salle 2
5. Feed the world: the challenge of the Third World.
- Jacques ATTALI - Writer, president of PlaNet Finance
- Vincent DAVID - Responsible for external relations , Max Havelaar France
- Jean-Jacques GRAISSE - Deputy executive director of the World Food Program
- Benoît MIRIBEL - Managing director of "Action against hunger"
Moderated by: François LENGLET
Saturday, 19th November from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 1
6. What food for tomorrow?
- Dominique BELPOMME - Oncologist, president of ARTAC
- Thierry LEGAULT - Director of the quality department of Carrefour
- David SERVAN-SCHREIBER - Doctor
Moderated by: Jean-Marc VITTORI
Saturday, 19th November from 16h30 to 18h00 - UNESCO - Salle 2