This September, the bioscience world is coming together in Winnipeg with one mission: feeding nine billion people on our current agricultural footprint – through innovation and collaboration.
Solutions Start Here, the 2017 ABIC conference, takes place September 25th to 28th at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Man. ABIC, the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference, is the premier global meeting that promotes innovation in bioscience for sustainable food, feed, fibre and fuel security as the climate changes.
The conference has four tracks that are critical to the future: 1) increasing nutrient production 2) reducing waste 3) making more effective use of resources, and 4) shifting diets – to feed nine billion people. Within each track, leaders will explore strategic priorities, the role of policy and new collaboration models, geared towards tangible solutions.
ABIC 2017 is opening new discussions around the solutions needed to feed the world. “We’re working to include policy makers, investors, industry leaders in agriculture, bio-tech, retail foods and supply chain management, communications and researchers,” says Tracey Maconachie, president, Life Sciences Association of Manitoba (LSAM). “We’re taking the conversation from the lab and the field, through the supply chain to the kitchen tables of the world.”
The conference is also moving out of the city, to farm sites and production and research facilities, to highlight Manitoba’s local expertise. Excursions from the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg include Kelburn Farm; Richardson International’s 700-acre research farm and crop development centre, located just south of Winnipeg in the Red River Valley; and a tour and dinner at the turn-of-last century, 40 acre, Mennonite Heritage Village.
The ABIC 2017 Solutions Start Here itinerary wraps up with tours of state of the art facilities, including the Composites Innovation Centre, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, and Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre.
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