The future of food - the future of biodiversity?

Talal Shamoon will be speaking at this event on The Big Data of Food. Scientists, economists, farmers, manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and others who represent the food-production chain will gather during this two day event to discuss topics including:

  • achieving greater coordination between conservationists and the producers of crops (e.g. palm oil and soya) 
  • applying scientific knowledge to utilise agricultural land more efficiently 
  • the impact of the UK’s global food footprint, will be discussed
  • Changing consumer behaviour to eating more healthily, and encouraging consumption of edible proteins that can be produced with fewer resources than, for example, grain-fed beef.



The Big Data of Food
Talal G. Shamoon, PhD
CEO, Intertrust Technologies Corporation 

An exponentially growing global population is responsible for destroying our habitat and endangering the very sources of our survival. Technology is our strongest hand and has provided us with the tools to overcome natural phenomena and ensure our growth.  As we face the challenges of feeding our expanding population in a world of environmental challenges, we are taxing our very ability to innovate. All is not lost and we have a few silver bullets left in our technology arsenal that can breakthrough the “peak food” barrier.  The answers lie specifically in the Internet of Things and the associated mountain ranges of data that we are accumulating. Our ability to plant trillions of sensors in fields, markets, and literally onto living things coupled with our ability to mine the data that these sensors generate will help us find answers we need to manage agriculture, distribution and food supply.  We will also make giant leaps in genetics, agronomy, planning, environmental analysis and distribution from searching these data sets and managing the sensors and actuators. This talk will provide a rapid survey of the vast possibilities that will be unlocked by the Big Data revolution and paint a possibly optimistic outlook for how the digitization of food and agriculture will allows the human race to feed itself well beyond our current population

Read more about the event here.
See the full schedule here.
Watch the live stream here.


October 21-22, 2015
Zoological Society of London
Regents Park, NW1 4RY