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What to do about global inequality


How can we make the world a more equal place? How can we reduce climate change and become more sustainable? As a global society we are facing a complex set of challenges; meaningful scientific dialogue has never been more important. That’s why Mars is at this year’s Nobel laureate meetings in Lindau, Germany to discuss solutions with some of the world’s best researchers.

Since 1951, Nobel laureates, young researchers and leading figures from government and global industry have gathered at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Last week, Mars’ Chief Agricultural Officer Howard-Yana Shapiro was on an engaging early morning panel discussion with Nobel laureate and Harvard University Professor, Eric Maskin, to discuss why economic inequality is at its highest level for half a century. Howard outlined some of the things businesses can do about it. As Howard said, one key aspect is climate change. If you care about inequality in the agricultural supply chain, then you care about climate change. When temperatures rise and rainfall changes, farmers in the developing world will pay a heavy price. They will see lower yields and harvest loss. That’s why it’s critical for companies like Mars to help achieve the Paris climate agreement and keep warming under 2°C.

The panellists from our Mars event ‘How to address inequality in a globalised world’: Economist Romesh Vaitilingam, Nobel Laureate Professor Eric Maskin, Economist Devaki Ghose and Mars’ Chief Agricultural Officer, Dr Howard Yana-Shapiro

Fighting malnutrition with bacteria

Almost 800 million people in the world don’t have enough safe and nutritious food to eat. As a result, one in four children in the world suffer from a tragic condition called stunting. A stunted child will never achieve their cognitive, economic and physical potential. This is one factor making global inequality worse. At this year’s Nobel laureate meeting on chemistry, which took place in June, Mars brought together some of the best chemists in the world to discuss how using the good bacteria that live in our gut could be one way to help address the level of malnutrition and stunting in the developing world.

Mars and Lindau: A 20-year partnership

Mars has been a partner with the Nobel laureate meetings in Lindau since 2006 and we just extended our partnership for another ten years. As one of the world’s largest food companies, we want to help build a sustainable future and create growth we are proud of. We believe that the key to a more sustainable food and agriculture system lies in science and innovation. Since the beginning of our partnership with the Meetings, Mars and its partners have developed a series of events to discuss the systemic change we need to transform the future of science and society. We have discussed how AI can prevent foodborne illness, how big data can tackle climate change and the importance of ageing research as we continue to live longer and longer.

Watch the video below to get a flavor of Mars’ involvement at the Lindau Meetings over the past ten years: