Is our food production and consumption sustainable in a future where a climate-ravaged planet has too many mouths to feed? 

Professor Tilly Collins from Imperial College London and James Lloyd-Jones of Jones Food Production explore new forms of food production from what, for many, looks like science fiction and extreme farming. 

Will seaweed, insects, hydroponics, lab-grown meat or another, as yet unconsidered forms of food or production be our saviour, as we struggle globally to meet demand? 

This engaging and thought-provoking conversation will bring home the decisions that need to be made now to ensure our food production is fit for purpose. We have to embrace science and nature and work together to ensure that the future of food is secured.


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About The Academic

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Tilly Collins

Tilly Collins is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London. She has a range of research interests which have a common theme of using well-gathered data to advise sustainable systems and support decision-making. She has an interest in sustainable food systems, especially those of cities, and often advocates for better use of alternative protein sources such as edible insects. 

About The Speaker

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James Lloyd-Jones

James founded Jones Food Company in October 2016 having been introduced to technology via a feature on ‘Tomorrow’s World’.

Driven by a dynamic and entrepreneurial spirit, he set out to scale vertical farming and after receiving his first funding in early 2018 he built Europe’s largest vertical farm in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

The JFC growing estate continues to expand as the company broke ground last year on what will become the world’s largest vertical farm.

James does not have a traditional horticultural background, allowing him to come to the field with a pragmatic business mind, priding himself on trying lots of things very quickly and scaling on a phenomenal level. He predicts that vertical farming could provide 70% of the UK’s fresh produce within the next 10 years.