Borough Talks - Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of production

Borough Talks - Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of production

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Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of food production

What is the true cost of the food we eat? This broad-ranging discussion will explore the social and environmental impacts of industrialised food systems and ask whether it is possible to produce and distribute food in ways that are both sustainable and economically viable. Panellists will cover everything from the state of our soil to the knotty problem of food waste, and discuss whether a modern city can develop the infrastructure to help feed itself.

Robin Gill: Chef-proprietor of The Dairy, The Manor, Counter Culture and Paradise Garage, all of which are notable for their sustainable approach to food supply. The Good Food Guide’s Chef of the Year 2016.

Patrick Holden: Founder of the Sustainable Food Trust, which promotes the development of more sustainable food systems around the world, and owner of an organic dairy farm in Wales. Awarded a CBE in 2005.

Donald Hyslop: Head of regeneration and community partnerships at Tate Modern and chair of the Trustees of Borough Market. A strong advocate for the role that markets can play in reshaping cities and communities.

Carolyn Steel: A leading thinker on food and cities who has taught at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. Author of Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives.

Richard Swannell: Development director of WRAP, which helps governments and businesses work more sustainably and achieve greater resource efficiency. Reducing food waste is a major focus for the charity.

Tim Lang: Professor of food policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, trustee of Borough Market, and the writer of numerous articles, reports and books on the politics of food production.


The event takes place in the main trading space of Three Crown Square. Come to the art deco entrance on Borough High Street.


Each debate lasts for around an hour, including plenty of time set aside at the end for questions and comments from the audience. The debate will continue on Twitter #BoroughTalks.

After the Talks, ticketholders are invited to enjoy a superb spread of food and drink from Borough Market’s traders, all included in the price of a ticket, mingle with panellists and purchase a selection of relevant books and merchandise.

Gates open at 6.45pm


What's the refund policy?

In the unlikely event you are unable to attend a Talk you have already booked and need to cancel your booking, you must notify Borough Market within 10 business days (Monday - Friday) of the date of the talk booked. Once you have notified Borough Market of your cancellation, a full refund will be issued. If you cancel your booking 5-9 business days prior the date of the Talk we will make every effort to transfer your purchase to a future Talk of equal value, subject to availability. No refund or transfer of purchase will be given for cancellations received within 5 business days of the date of the Talk booked.

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