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LEAF's Annual Conference 2015

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Setting the Agenda: Healthy Food and Farming Fit for the Future

Held on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at HSBC Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London


Technology, science, innovation and strong public engagement will be essential in order for the food and farming industry to address the challenges of climate change, a growing population and urbanisation in developing countries, burgeoning health issues and immense pressures on our natural resources.

Many of the changes needed to achieve more sustainable food and farming will require trade-offs and a more effective way of strengthening our dialogue with the general public. In essence, more integrated approaches such as those advocated by LEAF. We need to be bold, have strong leadership and be ambitious for setting the agenda in order to take our food and farming sector forward so that it is robust, resilient and fit for purpose.

Our wide range of excellent speakers from across the food, farming and research sectors set out their vision and offered some tangible, integrated solutions that will enable us, as an industry, to think creatively and decisively about how to address the challenges ahead. Dame Professor Anne Glover, Vice Principal for External Affairs and Dean for Europe, University of Aberdeen and former Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, gave the key note speech and was joined by Meurig Raymond, President of the NFU; Judith Batchelar OBE, Director of Sainsbury's Brand; Sara Eppel, Head, Innovative and Sustainable Farming at Defra; Jake Freestone, LEAF Demonstration Farmer; Stephen Fell, LEAF Chairman and Caroline Drummond MBE, LEAF Chief Executive. BBC Presenter, Tom Heap chaired the very popular debate in the afternoon.


Our grateful thanks to HSBC for sponsoring LEAF’s Annual Conference 2015