The man responsible for the world’s largest seed collections will discuss the value of old crop varieties in achieving global food security at a Rural Press Club breakfast on Monday, 19 March.

Dr Shakell Bhatti oversees the global genepool set up by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) back in 2007. Called the International Treat on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, the genepool already contains more than 1.2 million samples of plant genetic material and receives about 600 new samples daily.

The genepool includes the world’s 64 most important food crops – potato, rice, wheat and maize – which together form the basis of 80 per cent of our food from plants.

Seats are limited for this event, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Date: Monday, 19 March 2012
Time: 7.30am
Venue: CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne

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