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Paying the price for food production

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St Martin Hall’s

St Martin in-the-Fields

Trafalgar Square

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Paying the price for food production: the dilemma of Britain's declining farm land

Soil depletion, water pollution and water scarcity are threats to UK food production. Much of our most productive farmland is in decline; it is projected that some of the Fens could become uneconomic to farm within a generation. We know that profitable farming can coexist with healthy soils and water. But how can we maintain food production and boost ecosystem services across the country as a whole?

We invite you to join us for an expert debate of this and other questions, including:

  • Which farming systems could best overcome the percieved trade-offs between food production and the environment?

  • Could selling ecosystem services help farmers turn a profit by changing their cropping and livestock systems?

  • Is catchment-level collaboration the answer to the sustainable management of natural capital? What would it take to get farmers, food businesses and water companies working more closely together?

Panellists:

  • Angela Francis, chief economist, Green Alliance

  • Mat Roberts, group director of sustainability strategy, Interserve

  • Liz Lowe, sustainability manager, Coca Cola Great Britain

  • Chris Clark, businessman and farmer, Nethergill Farm

Chaired by Patrick Begg, rural enterprise director, National Trust

The debate will also discuss the findings of a new report by Green Alliance and National Trust, featuring analysis on further applications of the Natural Infrastructure Schemes concept.

The event will be followed by lunch.


We are grateful for the support of the following organisations:

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