The Columbia Climate School invites you to join a special lecture by Dr. Mario Herrero, Chief Research Scientist of Agriculture and Food at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia.
His research focuses on increasing the sustainability of food systems for the benefit of humans and ecosystems. He works in the areas of sustainable intensification of agriculture, climate mitigation and adaptation, livestock systems, and healthy and sustainable diets. Professor Herrero is a regular contributor to important global initiatives at the heart of the sustainability of global food systems, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Lancet Commission on Obesity and the EAT-Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. He has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Professor Herrero is a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and an Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Dr. Herrero’s lecture will focus on the major challenges that humans face – including malnutrition, disease, and most importantly, climate change – and how we must improve and transform the food system in response to these challenges. Dr. Herrero poses the question, “Can we feed the planet, and stay within planetary boundaries?” Earth Institute Director Alex Halliday will introduce Dr. Herrero. The lecture will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A from the audience.