Earth Talk with Patrick Holden CBE:
The Future of Farming
Monday, 13 May, 2019 – 20:00
If we are to address the planetary emergency represented by climate change, soil and biodiversity loss, declining public health and growing food insecurity, transforming our food and farming systems, both globally and locally, must form a central part of our response. Patrick Holden will discuss the key characteristics of the food and farming systems which will be needed to produce sufficient food to promote the health of future generations, working in harmony with nature and operating within planetary boundaries.
Patrick Holden is the founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organisation founded in 2012 and working internationally to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems. Prior to this he was director of the Soil Association (until 2010) during which time he led high profile campaigns on the misuse of antibiotics, genetic engineering and the case for vaccination in the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak. He farms 300 acres in West Wales, now the longest established organic dairy farm in the principality, where he produces Hafod, a raw milk cheddar from the milk of his 80 Ayrshire cows. He was awarded a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005, is Patron of the UK Biodynamic Farming Association and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2016.
Venue: Upper Gatehouse, Dartington Hall Estate
Date: Monday 13 May, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Entrance: £8.00/£7.00 concession
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