The recent rises in commodity prices together with expected climate changes contributed to renewed interest in the ability of agriculture to provide enough food for the world. Shall we recover the Malthusian prediction? Thomas R. Malthus (1798) argued that population increases could exceed food production since population grows geometrically while food production arithmetically. For more than 200 years the economists criticized the Malthus prediction and pointed out, among others, the role of technological advances in agricultural. However, can the modern agriculture still cope with increasing demand for food or did we reach the limits in the rate of technological process, the ability to draw resources into agricultural production and the long run substitution among inputs? Moreover, food security is only necessary but not sufficient condition to meet the needs of the world population. Food safety is another important issue. The links between food and health are more and more pronounced. Finally, food safety in food security is a hot topic for international trade as well with different perspectives and intensions for developing and developed countries.
The conference intends to provoke discussion on the key issues related to food safety, food security and food trade. The general topic of the conference provides not only a platform for discussing theoretical issues, but also for sharing experience, identifying practical problems and exploring which solutions can be clarified with the assistance of the scientific communities.