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We are what we eat
Lecture in the cycle organized with Barcelona Friends of UNESCO to discuss bioethical issues. On this occasion, Pere Puigdomènech, a researcher at the Centre for Agrigenomic Research (CRAG), gave a lecture entitled "We are what we eat".
It will soon be 160 years since the publication of Ludwig Feuerbach's essay in which he stated that "we are what we eat", and argued for the essential importance of eating from his distinctive philosophical perspective.
In 2021, the almost 8 billion humans who live in our globalized technological society have to eat every day, just as our ancestors did when they left Africa 100,000 years ago, and our nutritional needs are essentially the same.
Having access to sufficient quantities of safe, healthy food is one of the basic objectives we have to pursue, in accordance with our culture. At the same time, it is important that the things we need to eat are produced as locally as possible to ensure their availability.
The presentation and discussion will debate how to resolve the bioethical challenges that these requirements raise for our society, and what we must do to reduce their impact on the global environment.