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The Earth Convention - Food: What We Eat and Why It Matters

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5x15 & Rathbones present the fourth session in The Earth Convention series, which looks at the impact of the food system on the environment

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This fourth session in the Earth Convention series explores the huge global impact of food production on the environment and climate change - and indeed on human health. Food production is responsible for a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming, according to a recent study from Oxford University.

However, the environmental impact of different foods varies hugely. One of the most powerful things that we, as individuals, can do to reduce our emissions is change what we eat. And it is increasingly recognised that we cannot achieve our national and international climate targets without overhauling the food system.

In this session we examine a range of issues with leading experts and innovators who are charting the way forward - from what has been exposed about the global food system by the coronavirus crisis to what constitutes "sustainable eating". How has the food industry evolved since the second world war? Which part of the food supply chain is most carbon intensive and can we find a solution to food waste? What can consumers and governments do to encourage farmers, businesses and retailers to reduce their carbon emissions?

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  • Professor Tim Benton – Director of Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House. From 2011-2016 he was the “champion” of the UK’s Global Food Security programme.
  • Anthony Warner – journalist, blogger and chef also known as “The Angry Chef” and author of the new book Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It.
  • Dr Geeta Sethi – Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems at the World Bank and responsible for managing the World Bank’s program on Food Loss and Waste Reduction.
  • Tristram Stuart – food campaigner, founder of Toast Ale, TED Speaker, and author of The Global Food Waste Scandal. The environmental campaigning organisation he founded, Feedback, has spread its work into dozens of countries worldwide.

Chaired by Rosie Boycott – Crossbench peer, food campaigner and co-founder 5x15.

The Earth Convention

This is a critical time in the world’s response to climate change and the environment. The realities can no longer be ignored – from the Arctic to Australia, and our own changing weather patterns. If we are to tackle the issue every sector of society will have to play its part: energy, food, fashion, transport, finance. Why is it so hard for people to take steps towards solutions? Where does responsibility lie – with us, businesses or governments? What are the most effective things that we can do? And can we turn the pandemic into a defining moment in the fight against climate change? To explore the issues 5x15 and Rathbones have teamed up to launch the Earth Convention – a series of online events bringing together world experts for online conversations, focusing on both the problems as well as the opportunities and the actions that we can all take.

About Rathbones

Responsible investing at Rathbone Investment Management. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy.

With thanks for your generous support for 5x15's online series.

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