The future of food - the future of biodiversity?


London, UK

Start Date:

Wednesday 21st October


 21 Oct - 22 Oct 2015

The Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park (Outer Circle), London NW1 4RY


A major symposium on the global impacts of UK food consumption.


Food production and biodiversity conservation are in conflict. Join experts and leading voices from farmers' groups, food suppliers, major retailers, conservationists, scientists, NGOs and policy-makers to debate sustainable solutions to the growing challenge of balancing food security and envrionmental protection.


Keynote speakers

Sir John Beddington FRS, ZSL President

Professor Tim Benton, the UK's Global Food Security Champion

Professor Wayne Powell, CGIAR Consortium



Defining the challenge Chaired by Sir Patrick Bateson FRS

A sustainable approach to food production Chaired by Sir Brian Heap CBE FRS

Conserving biodiversity Chaired by Professor Chris Gilligan CBE

The role of suppliers: a case study on palm oil Chaired by the Earl of Selborne GBE DL FRS

Changing the conservation around diet - making the connection between healthy eating and biodiversity Chaired by Professor Tim O'Riordan OBE

The role of the food industry (presentations by major food businesses) Chaired by Lord Haskins

UK food consumption: the role of British farming in reducing the UK's global carbon footprint Chaired by Professor Charles Godfray CBE FRS

Providing solutions Chaired by Sir John Sulston FRS

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