Plans are currently underway to place South Australian's in a winning position on the global food stage. Robotics, machine learning, computer vision, and gene editing technologies, will improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness of food production. At the same time there’s a global gap between demand and supply of food and resources, not to mention the impact of food production on the environment. How will the demand for higher quality food of known origin in the global marketplace effect us? What are we to make of the growing information about the relationship between food and human health and dietary disease? We’re facing these emerging megatrends of the 21st Century right here in SA and we need strategy to tackle them.
Professor Andy Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert in plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered new species, lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime, and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive and research leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Andy is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation at the University of Adelaide serving as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and to the world.