How to Farm (and Eat) for a Better World

Geetie Singh-Watson

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Do we know the best way forward?

Food journalist Dan Saladino chairs a panel of experts and producers to ask what possible action we can take or choices we can make – individually and collectively – to feed the planet's population in a sustainable way.

Featuring Colin Tudge from the Campaign for Real Farming, Guy Singh-Watson, British farmer and founder of organic farm and vegetable box company Riverford, and publican and ethical entrepreneur Geetie Singh-Watson.

Dan Saladino is a food journalist and broadcaster. He joined The Food Programme in 2006 and for more than a decade has travelled the world recording stories of foods at risk of extinction – from cheeses made in the foothills of a remote Balkan mountain range to strange red varieties of rice in southern China. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Guild of Food Writers Winner for Best Food Broadcast in 2015 and 2017, and twice at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. In 2017, he was listed in the Progress 1000: London’s Most Influential People.

Guy Singh-Watson is a self-confessed veg nerd and has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 50,000 customers a week. Twice awarded BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, Guy is passionate about sharing with others the organic farming and business knowledge he has accumulated over the last three decades. In 2018, Guy handed over the reins of Riverford to its staff, choosing employee ownership as a way of keeping the company out of the hands of venture capitalists and protecting its ethical values for the future.

Geetie Singh-Watson is the founder of the first official organic pub in Britain, The Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub, in Islington, London. After working in the restaurant trade for several years, she was horrified by the wastefulness that she witnessed – food was regularly thrown away, nothing was recycled and seasonal eating was unheard of. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to the Organic Pub Trade’, and has also been named Business Woman of the Year, Asian Woman of Achievement and Entrepreneur of the Year. Her newest venture, the Bull Organic Inn, in Totnes, is due to open in August 2019.

Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by trade. He worked for Farmers Weekly, New Scientist, and BBC Radio 3 before going freelance in about 1990, and is author of about 15 books on natural history, evolution, genetics, ecology – and, in particular, on nutrition, cooking, and agriculture. Around 2008, together with his wife Ruth (West) and help from good friends, he began the Campaign for Real Farming, which has given rise to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the still peripatetic but ever-growing College for Real Farming and Food Culture. The aim is to help bring about a global, cross-the-board Renaissance, beginning with food and farming.  

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Name: How to Farm (and Eat) for a Better World
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £15.00
Member: £15.00
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Student: £10.00
Registered Unemployed: £10.00
Under 18: £10.00
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