As we face unprecedented global challenges, it’s more important than ever to prioritize sustainable and equitable food systems. This event provides a unique opportunity for experts and industry leaders in land based farming to collaborate on innovative solutions that support a healthy planet and population.
Don’t miss the chance to hear from our esteemed panel!
Abi Reader – National Farmers Union (NFU) CYMRU Deputy President, and a third-generation mixed farmer. Goldsland Farm is home to 200 milking cows, 150 sheep, 90 beef cattle and 120 acres of arable. Abi is a co-founder of Cows on Tour, an Open Farm Sunday host and a former NFU Cymru Wales Woman Farmer of the Year.
Guy Singh–Watson – Twice awarded farmer of the year, founder of Riverford organic farmers, farmer and organic veg box pioneer. Tired of meetings, brands and the assumption that greed is our predominant motivation, Guy converted the business to employee ownership in 2018, using the proceeds to buy a small farm and return to growing organic vegetables.
Dr. Tom Powell – As a Research Impact Fellow in the Global Systems Institute, Tom helps to develop action orientated research. With a background in ecology, food systems, land use change, regenerative agriculture and land-surface modelling, he specialises in trying to understand how managed land and the food system might be adapted to form more sustainable long-term relationships with the Earth system, while building resilient and secure livelihoods and supply chains.
Virginia Thomas – Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Policy. Ginny is an environmental social scientist. Her research focuses on ecological restoration, especially through rewilding and species reintroductions. She’s particularly interested in how rewilding and agriculture could be combined to achieve environmental gains while also producing high quality, high welfare food with a low carbon footprint, and allow culturally and economically important human management of landscape such as farming to continue .
They’ll cover all aspects of food production, distribution, and consumption, emphasizing the need for food transitions. This event will provide a platform to exchange ideas and innovative solutions that support sustainable food systems. The panel will last around 30 minutes, with 30mins of Q&A followed by informal networking. The panel lasts from 6:30 to 7:30 in Amory Moot. Event hosted by the GSI and the Debating Society.
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