BBC World News has launched a new series exploring how to feed the world in 2021 and beyond in an eight-part multi-platform series called Follow the Food sponsored by Corteva Agriscience. The series will explore the stories behind the feeding of world’s ever-growing population presented by renowned Botanist James Wong.
The series examines how farming, science, AI technology and the consumer can overcome the profound challenge and asks whether we can do so in a way that doesn’t harm the planet.
The series questions whether agriculture could provide the solution to replenishing our planet’s water supply, utilising the 50 thousand different edible plants available or reforesting our planet and asks whether agriculture has the power to reverse our course and allow us to produce more from less.
The multi-platform series includes eight half-hour programmes on BBC World News and eight in-depth articles on BBC Future with each story brining audiences insights into what we’re eating, where it came from and how it was produced, visiting experts across the world.
The series airs on BBC World News for eight weeks from 28th January 2021 at 0700 and 2100 IST (0130 and 1530 GMT) on Saturdays and 1500 and 0300 IST (0930 and 2030 GMT) on Sundays.
James Wong, ethnobotanist and presenter of Follow the Food, said: “Incredibly, our food system – from the farmers and scientists to the shelf-stackers and truck drivers – ensured a continuous, affordable, safe and adequate food supply throughout the global pandemic. The resilience of the food system, and its ability to keep functioning in the face of unprecedented challenges, is testament to its spectacular resilience. But there are more challenges to come, and we examine how those in the food industry are adapting to keep us fed into the future.”