Changing the future of food and farming

SA annual conference 2012

Event Date : March 2, 2012

Facing the future – innovation in food and farming
Venue: Royal Horticultural Halls, London
Time: 09:00-17:30

A celebration of innovation in food and farming today.

The theme will be explored through the two major themes of the organisation’s strategy: Facing the Future, which explores the exciting scientific and technical progress being made in organic and low-input farming systems; and Good Food for All, which contributes to the important debate about food, public health and social justice.

The future of our food is in flux. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture (UNFAO) special Rapporteur, Olivier de Schutter, ‘keeping blindly on the track of industrial agriculture is clearly unsustainable.’ If this is the case, then we need to galvanize the finest thinkers, technologists, scientists, farmers, entrepreneurs and teachers to develop new and sustainable ways of feeding a growing world population now and in the future.

In addition, the growing challenge of diet-related ill-health, in the UK and internationally, means that we need to explore the relationship between food production and its consumption. With a world that has approximately 1 billion people malnourished and 1 billion obese, there is a powerful case for bringing public health and nutritional expertise to the farming and food production table, to innovate joined-up solutions for our food future.

The Soil Association annual conference will be an exploration of the work of men and women who are leading transformational, innovative change in food, farming, public health and nutrition – to challenge, debate and share ideas for what a sustainable food future might look like.

For alternative ways of booking or for any general conference queries, please contact Laura Andrews, Events Co-ordinator, on 0117 987 4586 or landrews@soilassociation.org.

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