A Conversation Series

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Episode 5.

Fair Food for a Safe Climate

Increasingly we are seeing public debates rage over how we produce our food and the failings of the system to ensure food security for all.

  • How will we produce enough food to feed the projected 9 billion people in the world in 2040?
  • How are genetically modified crops changing our food?
  • Should we all adopt a plant-based diet?
  • What about food waste?

In this 2040 Conversation we will explore the politics of the food system. We will also hear about the many solutions that are helping communities across the world become food resilient in a just and ecologically sustainable way.

About the Host

The host for the conversation series is Dr Amanda Cahill, CEO of The Next Economy. Amanda has spent nearly 25 years supporting changemakers across the world to improve individual and community wellbeing. Her work at The Next Economy is to support communities to strengthen local economies in ways that are good for people and planet. In this way, her work touches on many of the themes in 2040 – climate change, food and energy systems, waste, and how the economic and political systems operate to both facilitate and block change. 


Carol Richards

Associate Professor Carol Richards is a food and agricultural sociologist specialising in sustainable food systems, climate justice and environmental management. She has published widely on the topics of food waste, food security, supermarket power, land acquisition and climate justice movements and has received funding from the Australian and Norwegian Research Councils. Her research has been translated into tangible impacts, supporting the transformation toward sustainable food systems. She was on the inaugural committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, which instituted Fair Food Week and produced and screened Australia’s first fair food documentary. Carol is the  co-founder of the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance and is co-author of the People’s Food Plan which is being used in Australia and the UK to drive community-led fair food systems. She is also the recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s award for Research Impact. She has a PhD in Sociology and is a Senior Lecture at the Queensland University of Technology.  

Suzanne Thompson

Suzanne Thompson was born and raised in Barcaldine. Her custodial connection to country has been continuous and carries on the work of her father the late David Thompson, Great Grandparents David and Clara, all of which had traditional custodial links to the lands of the Kunngeri/Iningai & Bidjera peoples.

Suzanne has returned to country after two decades of working within Government agencies and private business enterprises. Since returning home to Barcaldine Suzanne has teamed up with land owners of the district to work in partnership with them to further develop relationships with both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous relations. She is passionate about the opportunities that both cultures can create into the future as new industries for our drought stricken outback communities. Her passions have now seen her embrace the sharing of local Native Food & Medicine plants throughout the Region.

Thomas King

Thomas is the CEO of Food Frontier. For almost a decade, Thomas has
driven initiatives in conservation, climate education and poverty
alleviation across five continents. He was named Young Australian of the
Year VIC in 2015.
Realising the limitations of the current food system to sustainably feed
our growing population into the future, Thomas founded Food Frontier.
The organisation exists to grow the ecosystem for healthier, more
sustainable proteins across Australia, like plant proteins and
cell-based meat, presenting new opportunities for science, agriculture
and manufacturing.
Food Frontier is an independent think tank and industry accelerator
advising and connecting industry, innovators and government. Food
Frontier aims to create a more diversified, efficient and future-proof
food system that is good for people, great for business and better for
the planet.

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