Farming and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Carbon Emissions

05 July 2019 08:30 - 05 July 2019 18:00
Hill Barn, Fir Farm, Lower Swell, United Kingdom

This conference, organised by the Sustainable Food Trust in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union, will be held on 5th July 2019 with an evening reception and guest lecture by Charles Massy on the 4th July.

This conference has been inspired by Minette Batters’ target of net zero carbon emissions from UK agriculture by 2040. It is the first NFU/SFT partnership event, underlying the urgent need to work collaboratively to address the challenge of climate change. The event will explore the unique capacity of farming systems to address the threats of climate change, biodiversity and soil carbon loss, whilst producing high quality, health-promoting food.

Speakers include:

Minette Batters – President, National Farmers’ Union

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Secretary of State, Defra (tbc)

Tony Juniper – Chair, Natural England

Professor Dieter Helm – Chair, Natural Capital Committee

Professor Myles Allen and Michelle Cain – Oxford University (tbc)

Professor Michael Lee – Rothamsted Research

Charles Massy – Australian author and farmer

Henry Edmunds – Cholderton Estate

Gail Bradbrook – Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion

Jonathan Dimbleby – Broadcaster and author

We invite farmers, policy makers, investors and other stakeholders to join us in exploring the practical, policy and economic changes that are needed to enable a transition to sustainable agriculture.

Conference session themes:

  • Reaching net zero carbon emissions: addressing the UK challenge
  • Climate change and emissions from UK agriculture: the science
  • Farming and business case studies
  • Making sustainable farming pay
  • Panel discussion chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby

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Sustainable Food Cities

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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 

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