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Julian Cribb
Julian Cribb & Associates - Specialists in Science Communication
The Coming Famine: Risks and Solutions for Global Food Security
Monday, September 13, 2010
9:15 - 10:00 am

Abstract: In coming decades the world faces the risk of major regional food crises leading to conflict and mass refugee movements.  This will be driven primarily by emerging scarcities of the primary resources required to produce food – water, land, energy, nutrients and technology – at a time of climatic change. The paper outlines key factors in emerging global food insecurity, its impact on all nations and individuals, and sets out some essential solutions including many opportunities for the agbiotech sector. 
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Julian Cribb is the principal of Julian Cribb & Associates, specialists in science communication. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). He is founding editor of ScienceAlert, the leading Australasian science news site and of SciNews, Australia’s specialist science media delivery service. From 1996-2002 he was Director, National Awareness, for Australia's national science agency, CSIRO. A journalist since 1969, he was editor of the "National Farmer" and "Sunday Independent" newspapers, editor-in-chief of the "Australian Rural Times", and chief of the Australian Agricultural News Bureau. For ten years he was agriculture correspondent and scientific editor for the national daily, "The Australian". He was a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery for 21 years reporting on national affairs related to agriculture and science. He has received 32 awards for journalism including the Order of Australia Association Media Prize, the inaugural Eureka Prize for environmental journalism, the inaugural AUSTRADE award for international business journalism, the Dalgety Award for rural journalism, two MBF Awards for medical journalism and five Michael Daley Awards for science journalism. He was the first western journalist into Chernobyl. He was national foundation president of the Australian Science Communicators (ASC), president of the National Rural and Resources Press Club, a member of CSIRO advisory committees for agriculture, fisheries and entomology. He has served on the boards of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Crawford Fund for International Agricultural Research, the Secretariat for International Landcare, CSIRO Publishing, the National Science and Technology Centre, and the Australian Minerals and Energy Environment Foundation. He was an adviser to the CGIAR on public awareness and resource mobilisation. From 2002-09 he was Adjunct Professor of Science Communication at the University of Technology Sydney His published work includes more than 8,000 print articles, 1000 broadcasts, 350 speeches, 3000 media releases as well as "The Forgotten Country", six editions of "Australian Agriculture", "The White Death" and "Sharing Knowledge". His latest books are "Dry Times", with Mark Stafford-Smith, which explores how desert knowledge has immense relevance in a world of increasing uncertainty and resource scarcity and "Open Science" about how science communication can address the six great challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. A new book, "The Coming Famine" explores the looming mid-century global food security crisis, and will be released in August 2010. Julian was born in the UK and educated at Radley College. He migrated to Australia in 1966 and obtained a degree in Homeric Greek from the University of Western Australia. Since 1977 he has lived in the Australian national capital, Canberra. He has three children. He fishes, gardens and cooks.

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