Our food system is broken. Livestock production and its use of finite resources is devastating biodiversity and pushing wildlife to the brink of extinction.
With the planet in peril, it’s vital that effective and practical solutions are found urgently. Therefore I am thrilled that Compassion in World Farming and WWF have joined forces to help find these solutions, in a two-day major international conference.
The Extinction and Livestock: Moving to a flourishing food system for wildlife, farm animals and us conference will be held at the QEII Centre in London on 5 and 6 October, 2017. Supporting partners of the conference are the University of Winchester, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, the European Environmental Bureau, and BirdLife International.
The conference aims to bring together diverse interests from the world of conservation, agriculture, environment, climate change, food policy, and business – and will act as a catalyst for future collaboration and solution development.
We will be welcoming some highly-respected leading voices in these spheres such as Dr Hilal Elver, Raj Patel, Glyn Davies, and Jonathan Porritt. Throughout the two days, we will explore the issues thrown up by global food production – from resource depletion to animal welfare – and present a range of perspectives on these issues.
The focus will be on finding common ground and solutions which can be taken forward to begin repairing the damage done to the planet.
It is a true privilege to be hosting this conference alongside WWF. Compassion in World Farming and WWF share a concern for the planet and particularly in building sustainable and healthy food systems. We have long collaborated and mutually supported each other’s activities.
There is growing awareness of the impact human activity is having on the world around us. With a global, organised consensus, our voice will be stronger than ever. I am hugely excited by the prospects offered by this landmark conference and I urge anyone with a personal or professional interest in sustainable food systems to attend. I hope to see you there.
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