Food and Farming Futures and the RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission are jointly working together to put ‘food’ on the farming and science table. An issue in which farmers fear they may have been losing influence.
Yet producing healthy, nutritious, affordable food that secures the long-term health and well-being of our people and planet whilst tackling climate change and addressing environmental decline is one the biggest challenges of our time. Obesity, hunger, coronary heart disease and diabetes blight our health and societal wellbeing - and attitudes to food are changing fast with an increasing number of consumers seeking to replace animal proteins with plant proteins.
The issues are complex with farming in the spotlight, facing new challenges but also opportunities. This conference seeks to find out how agricultural science and innovation can help address and resolve the economic, environmental and societal questions in working towards more sustainable – indeed regenerative – food production.
Day 1, Monday 25th November 11:30 - 18:30
Dr Clive Black, Head of research, Shore Capital
What are the financial risks to agri-food supply chains as they respond to delivering sustainable food whilst addressing the challenges of human health.
Shirley Cramer, CBE CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health
How do we create a healthy and sustainable food environment, in which the right options are the easy options – the public health perspective
Professor Judy Buttriss, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation
The nutrition perspective: What’s the perfect diet to satisfy our nutritional needs – and what might be the long-term consequences of reducing animal products to accommodate environmental concerns.
Professor Ray Goldberg, Head of Food Policy, Harvard University
A video address from the pioneer of ‘agribusiness’ and author of Food Citizenship: food system advocates in an era of distrust. Who will be the change-makers of the food system: consumers, corporates or citizens?
Professor Nigel Scollan, University of Belfast
A review of human health and food security in the context of globalisation and climate change.
Panel Discussion & questions from the floor;
Panel: Speakers joined by Kathryn Miller (KTN / Innovate UK), Tor Harris (Waitrose).
The following is NOT included in a day ticket
Research Poster Display & Drinks Reception
welcome by Lord Curry of Kirkharle. Before dinner speaker - Henry Dimbleby MBE: founder of Leon Restaurants the Sustainable Restaurant Association and non-executive DEFRA board member (tasked by Food Strategy Council). Evening dress code informal.
Day 2, Tuesday 26th November 9:00 - 13:00
Minette Batters, NFU President
Zero carbon: The challenges and opportunities of food producers in dietary trends and human health and disease
Professor Geoff Simm, Edinburgh University
What is the future role of livestock systems in agri-food? How can meat and milk be part of a future, sustainable, healthy diet?
Stephen Whybrow, Aberdeen University
What protein sources will be consuming in the future – and what impact will these dietary trends have on human health and landscape
BREAK - Tea / coffee and biscuits with networking.
Tim Rycroft, CEO of the Food & Drink Federation
What innovations are coming from the food and drink industry to deliver more sustainable and healthier solutions.
Judith Batchelar, Sainsbury's
What innovations are coming from the retailer to deliver sustainable food production and improve human health
Andrew Selley, CEO Bidfood
With rapid growth in the food service sector, what innovations are contributing to more healthy and sustainable diets?
Panel Discussion & questions from the floor;
Panel: Speakers joined byTeresa Wickham and Caroline Drummond MBE
Encouraging submissions from delegates to define potential actions for farmers and food companies.
FAQs and other information
If you have dietary, mobility or other requirements, please let Neave or Tim know (details below) in good time before the event. To make the event as inclusive as possible we may need to pass on information to a third party about your support requirements. If you do not want us to pass on this information please let us know. All private information is covered by our GDPR policy, available from Tim Williams on request.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Slate is a premier conference centre with good air and rail links from Birmingham International travel hub and close to the M5 and M6 motorways. There is parking on site. Please see https://warwick.ac.uk/services/conferences/location/ for more details
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any queries, please contact either:
Food & Farming Futures Conference Manager
Royal Agricultural University,
GL7 6JS, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1285 889935
Food & Farming Futures Business Manager
IBERS, Aberystwyth University
1st Floor, Stapledon Building
Ceredigion, SY23 3EB
Cymru / Wales; U.K.
Tel: +44 (0) 1970 628754
Mobile: 07590 688 793
What's the refund policy?
A full refund is available up until 7 days before the event - that is noon on 18th November 2019.