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Future Environment: What will we eat? Farming in a hostile climate

Chaired by Anita McNaught

Britain imports nearly 70% of it’s food. As all the farming systems of the world are damaged irrevocably by climate collapse, Britain is going to have to fall back on its own resources. But look what this country is facing; drought, over-population, an exhausted topsoil in many of our principle agricultural regions and large-scale, oil-based farming methods, that are unsustainable by any reckoning. How and what can we grow to feed our population? Is more, or less intensive farming the answer? Are livestock the problem or part of the solution?

Stuart Roberts

Vice-President of the National Farmers Union, Stuart is a third generation arable and livestock farmer who has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency.

Colin Tudge

Biologist, Broadcaster and Author of books such as The Secret Life of Trees, Colin has now also co-founded the Campaign for Real Farming.

Josiah Meldrum

Co-founder and Director of Hodmedods, a British beans supplier.

John Lynch

is an environmental scientist at the University of Oxford. His work focuses the climate impacts of agriculture, especially livestock production, including new ways of thinking about and reporting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. He is also interested in the wider implications of what a more sustainable food system might look like, and how to get there

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