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James Smith Presents at Oxford Literary Festival

James Smith is taking part in a debate on 'Energy Matters: Land for Food or Energy?' with George Monbiot, Lord Oxburgh and Mike Lant

'Energy Matters: Land for Food or Energy?'

4pm, Wednesday 24 March, Christ Church College 

Concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and security of supply has encouraged governments to introduce legislation to support biofuels to replace gasoline and diesel fuels. The agricultural industry has accordingly switched production for food to transport fuels. Does this make sense in world where famine still exists and whose population is approaching seven billion? George Monbiot, writer and investigative journalist, will debate this important topic with Mike Lant, global licensing manager for world leading agribusiness, Syngenta and James Smith Director, Edinburgh Global Development Academy ('Science & Technology for Development'). Lord Ronald Oxburgh, previously chief scientist to the MOD and Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell will chair the debate 

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