November 1, 2012
Senior executives from leading bio-science and food production industries around the world are gathering at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in
, on the 6
November for the CropWorld Global 2012 conference and exhibition.
The theme of this year's conference is "sustainable intensification", in which speakers will be addressing the issues surrounding the growing demand for food in an environment of limited resources by using science and technology in a sustainable way.
The exhibition provides an opportunity for the industry to review, display and discuss new products and business opportunities. There are more than 70 exhibitors including agrochemical manufacturers and distributors, biotech companies, universities and research and manufacturing organisations from around the world.
This year's exhibitors include Batelle UK Ltd, Omex Agrifluids, Elsevier, Syngenta, Adelphi Masterfil, Taminco, Food Security Hub @
, Fix-a-form international and The Genome Analysis Centre.
Prizes will be awarded in a poster competition that can be seen at the conference and the exhibition. This has attracted entries from post graduates at a number of UK and international universities, on subjects covering the use of biocontrol agents, methods of yield increase, greenhouse gas emission and the use of herbicides.
At the conference a keynote address on improving sustainability in US agriculture will be given by
, Director of the United Soybean Board. Presentations on the theme of sustainable agriculture will be given by
, of Monsanto,
, of Unilever, Egil Hogna, of Yara International and
, of Makhteshim Agan Industries.
Further presentations will be given by NFU President
, of CABI, Dr
, Director General of Embrapa Rice and Beans,
, of Truth about Trade and Technology, Dr
, of CSIRO and
, Director of Campaigns and Policy, Oxfam UK.
A press briefing featuring several of the morning's speakers and exhibitors from leading companies will be held in the Albert Room before lunch. They will be joined by Renaud de Kerpoisson, Chairman of Offre & Demande Agricole, who will give a summary of this year's global harvest and commodities prices, and the effects this will have on food production in the coming year.