Take Back The Power: The Future of Food In Britain
Covent Garden | Friday 3rd November, 7-10PM
Why is there deprivation in a sea of plenty? Why is there environmental degradation when we can exist in harmony with the land? Why have we handed power over our individual and planetary health and nourishment to corporations who care only for short-term goals and profits?
This November join Advaya Initiative for a solution orientated panel discussion and Q&A exploring the current state of the food industry and where we’re headed unless we, the people, take responsibility and help steer the course of food in Britain towards a healthy, sustainable and globally considerate path.
While Brexit threatens to further lower standards of food production, nutrition and environmental destruction, it also presents us with an opportunity to take back the power, create participatory and democratic governance of our food system, challenge corporate power, replace unhealthy farming practices with sustainable agro-ecological methods of production and ensure healthy and natural food for all.
6.30pm - Doors Open
7pm - 4x15 minute talks by each of our panelists: Colin Tudge (The Campaign for Real Farming), Tracy Worcester (Farms Not Factories), Jessica Sinclair Taylor (Feedback) and Harry Boglione (Haye Farm).
8pm - Panel Discussion hosted by Advaya Initiative
8.30pm - Q&A
9.00pm - Drinks - everyone is welcome to stay until late
Please note: the venue is a beautiful space in Covent Garden with bar, terrace and restaurant and will be announced upon buying a ticket.
Colin Tudge, The Campaign for Real Farming
Colin is a biologist by education and a writer. He was born in London in 1943; educated at Dulwich College, 1954-61; and read zoology at Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1962-65. Colin has written a great many articles for a great many publications and for a time was on the staff of Farmers’ Weekly, then New Scientist, then BBC Radio 3. But mainly he writes books – on natural history, evolution, food and farming, and, lately, on the philosophy of science and metaphysics. He also enjoys public speaking. In the early 2000s Colin coined the expression "Enlightened Agriculture"; in 2008 Colin and his second wife Ruth established the Campaign for Real Farming and in 2010, together with Graham Harvey, they launched the Oxford Real Farming Conference as the antidote to the established Oxford Farming Conference. In his first book, The Famine Business (1977) he argued that the food industry, then dominated by processors who were hooked on “tvps” (textured vegetable proteins), was making things worse. Now that the industry (and governments) are hooked on gmos, he has a great sense of déjà vu. Read more: www.colintudge.com.
Tracy Worcester, Farms Not Factories
Tracy Worcester has been active in the environmental movement for the past 25 years and is passionate about food sovereignty. She has worked on a number of films, including Is Small Still Beautiful in India (BBC World 2005), The Politics of Happiness in Bhutan (BBC World 2005), and Pig Business (Channel 4 2009). Tracy continues to use film‐making as a campaigning tool. Farms Not Factories is supported by numerous celebrities, and resources local communities with advice for opposing existing and proposed pig factory farms.
Farms Not Factories is the only group within the UK food movement with a specific focus on the issue of factory pig farming, around which it has developed an extensive knowledge base and communications expertise. Its major contribution are the Pig Business film series, and the #TurnYourNoseUp national media campaign. The Pig Business films enable viewers in over 35 countries to learn about the global industrial pig industry, and necessary responses to it. The #TurnYourNoseUp campaign, launched in May 2016, brought these issues to the attention of millions of consumers, through a series of celebrity-led films on social media, as well as features in national newspapers, television and online publications.
Unlike many other groups campaigning on animal factories, Farms Not Factories does not focus exclusively on a single outcome – instead seeking to inform the public by linking together the themes of public health threats, economic undermining of local farming, environmental degradation and animal welfare.
Coupled with a developed political and economic analysis of the causes and effects of intensive livestock farming, this means Farms Not Factories is well placed to contribute effectively to the international food movement organising around the principle of ‘food sovereignty’.
Harry Boglione, Haye Farm
Harry Boglione is the founder, owner and director of Haye Farm in Devon.
Taking ownership of the farm in 2014, together with his partner Emily and their young family, Harry grows, harvests and sells only organic produce to his customers and is an avid supporter of the Land Workers Alliance.
The dreadlocked Harry is not a typical farmer, but his 65 acres in Devon are a serious family business.
Read more in this recent Sunday Times article.
Jessica Sinclair Taylor, Feedback
Jess came to Feedback with an eclectic history of campaigning on and communicating on various issues including child poverty, ethical banking, women’s rights, climate change and development, working for the Fawcett Society, Move Your Money UK, the Overseas Development Institute and the Child Poverty Action Group.
Jess did her BA in History and English at the University of York and worked in India, Paris and Boston before returning to her native London. She’s in charge of getting Feedback’s message across the right people, at the right times, in the right ways. Working closely with Christina, she plans how Feedback can spread the word on the challenge food waste poses to our environmental sustainability and climate, and our hard-hitting campaigns to tackle it.