The future of food and farming debated

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Conference to examine current challenges and future actions.

THE South of England Agricultural Society's 2022 Farming Conference, which will take place on Wednesday, November 16th at the South of England Showground in Ardingly, West Sussex, will focus on food in today’s society, considering whether we can produce nutritious, sustainable food, that we can all afford.

Chaired by BBC Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith, this year’s conference will examine how the war in Ukraine, supply chain disruptions, drought across many parts of the globe, and the continued economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are pushing food prices to all-time highs, according to Duncan Rawson, a Nuffield Scholar sponsored by the Society, and one of the organisers. 

Guest speakers at the conference include Sheila Dillon, Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, Judith Batchelar, Ex Brand Director of Sainsbury’s, Tom Gribble, Local Arable/Dairy Farmer and Trustee of the Society, and Henry Dimbleby, Co-Founder of Leon Restaurants. All speakers will deliver a short presentation setting out their thoughts as to the future, leaving plenty of time for debate and questions. 

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The Farming Conference will start at 7pm on Wednesday, November 16th. To register, visit our events page here.

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