Changing the future of food and farming

Soil Association conference: Giving it welly

Event Date : October 10, 2013

Central Hall, Westminster, London

What are the ideas that will transform farming and where will they come from?

Come to the Soil Association’s Annual Conference to hear from 40 of the most creative people in British farming and growing today, shortlisted for a new award recognising outstanding innovators. The award is for pioneering practical new approaches that achieve real benefits for people, the planet or animals and promote sustainable agriculture. You will choose who wins the award, casting your vote after hearing the innovators pitch and quizzing them face-to-face.

We face momentous problems in food and farming. Yet we know more than ever about how problems get solved – how innovation really happens. Punctuating your conversations with innovators, will be keynote speakers who will explore how British farming can benefit from the experience of others elsewhere. What can we learn from social innovation in other sectors such as health or education, from farmer-led innovation in other parts of the world, and what can organic and non-organic agriculture learn from each other? How do we develop 21st century solutions to meet the challenge of feeding people fairly, humanely and sustainably?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Monty Don, President of the Soil Association
  • Prof Tim Benton, champion for the UK Global Food Security Programme
  • Prof Norman Uphoff, International Agriculture, Cornell University
  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Arts
  • Adam Quinney, Vice President, NFU
  • Heather Wildman, Nuffield Scholar and Senior DairyCo Extension Officer
  • Stephen Briggs, farmer and consultant, Abacus Associates
  • Prof Nic Lampkin, Executive Director, Organic Research Centre
  • Prof Judy Orme, Reader in Public Health, University of the West of England
  • Ed Dowding, Founder, Sustaination
  • Nicholas Saphir, Executive Chairman, OMSCO

This is the second day of the Soil Association’s two-day Annual Conference. The first day (9th October), will focus on ‘Good food for all: partnerships for change in schools, cities and communities’. A drinks reception, producer supper and the Soil Association AGM will be held on 9th October in the evening.

You can find out more about both days and book your place here. Please book now to get an early bird discount!

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