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Ethical Farming Conference
May 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ethical Farming Conference: Scaleable Sustainable Solutions
Thursday 16th May 2019 at Rainton Farm.
Conference tickets: £100 +VAT. Evening meal and ceilidh £30 +VAT.
The industrial food producing system is broken. It is damaging our soil, our ecosystems and ourselves. We need to find ways to address the multiple challenges facing our industry. We need to do this quickly, sincerely and meaningfully. We can only achieve transformation of our industry if we work together to change it.
Traditionally the approach to addressing the complex challenges that face the food production industry has been one of compartmentalisation and intensification. Yet all are interlinked and solutions for one can often exacerbate others. These challenges are so vast and their interdependencies so complex, it can seem impossible to address them all effectively or efficiently within a single production system, and yet perhaps it is only by taking a whole-system based approach that we can begin to make headway. This integrated, ecological, regenerative approach is the basis behind the ethical farming proposition:
– Fair work for people
– High welfare for livestock
– Environmentally regenerative closed-loop production
– Sustainable circular economies
Ethically produced food is an important emerging market. Consumers want our industry to find solutions. The Ethical Farming Conference is an opportunity to bring together ethical and sustainable innovators, both practice-based and academic.
Pasture Management, Soil, Organic Carbon & Biodiversity
Speaker: Emry Birdwell & Deborah Clark, regenerative farmers from Texas. Presentations and panel debate facilitated by Pete Ritchie of Nourish Scotland. Speakers will include Prof Christine Watson of SRUC, Denise Walton of Peelham Farm and UK based regenerative farmer Rob Richmond.
Nutrition & Social Impact
Speaker: Dr Zoë Harcombe, Nutritionist. Presentations and panel debate facilitated by Prof. Sarah Skerratt of SRUC. Speakers will include Nick Barnard of Rude Health, Mary Clear of Incredible Edibles and Charles Ellett of Rainton Farm.
Presentations and panel debate facilitated by Dr Kathryn Ellis of Glasgow Vet School. Speakers will include Dr Angela Wright of CiWF and PFLA, Prof Francoise Wemelsfelder of SRUC and Barry Davies of Rainton Farm.
Public Goods & the Circular Economy
Presentations and panel debate facilitated by Jonnie Hall of NFUS. Speakers will include Patrick Holden of Sustainable Food Trust, Ruth Layton of FAI Farms and Prof Davy McCracken of SRUC.
***Please note, this programme is draft and is subject to change. Session timings will be published once final details are confirmed.
The conference will formally open at 9.30am and will close at 5pm. There will be a pre-conference breakfast courtesy of Rude Health, and there will be an optional evening meal and ceilidh at nearby GG’s Yard.
The programme will incorporate an extended networking lunch session which will include an opportunity to join David Finlay on a farm tour, which will include a visit to the cows and calves. A buffet lunch will showcase sustainably produced food. Vegan options will be available.
There will be opportunities to meet all four businesses co-hosting this conference. These are Mossgiel Dairy, Peelham Farm, Rainton / The Ethical Dairy and Whitmuir.
Programme updates, news and additional information will be published at www.ethicalfarming.org
Wilma Finlay on firstname.lastname@example.org