The Perfect Storm: Our Future Challenge

The UK food industry operates in a global context, and it is now widely agreed that the world is facing a food crisis. At the launch of the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) in 2009, Professor Sir John Beddington, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, defined the challenge of what he called "the perfect storm".


A combination of increasing population, more affluent and ageing households, and the effects of climate change will create a requirement for the world to produce 50% more food, using less water and energy by 2030. Science and engineering can provide solutions, and biosciences will be particularly important. Although the UK is blessed with a significant research base of scientists and engineers, the translation of research into use is very important.


To meet the challenges faced by the UK food and drink industry, potential solutions from science and engineering have to become a reality. The Knowledge Transfer Network is charged with playing a key role in this process.

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