Tuesday 21st: Future Food Systems

Links to all of our programme will go live on the day. Unless stated otherwise, you do not need to register or book onto sessions.

All discussions will be streamed live on youtube.  A link will appear under the talk title on the day. You do not need to have a Youtube account to watch the sessions, but you will need to have a Youtube account to comment and ask questions during the discussions. You can also submit your question beforehand, using the box at the bottom of this page.

10.00am: Welcome message from Gareth Wyn Jones

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Gareth Wyn Jones
Born in the beautiful Carneddau mountains in North Wales, Gareth has lived all his life at Ty’n Llwyfan, the windswept slopes where his family have farmed for 350 years. Today he lives there with his wife and three kids.

 

11.00-12.00pm: Live Discussion: A Welsh Food System Fit For Future Generations

Launched in March this year, ‘A Welsh Food System Fit For Future Generations’ report produced by the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University, commissioned by WWF Cymru, highlights what an integrated food system should look like in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Well-being of Future Generations Act. Many of the recommendations from this report are arguably even more relevant now given the COVID 19 pandemic. An expert panel will explore the report’s findings, taking into account the current context, and discuss how best we design a food system in Wales that works hand-in-hand with nature and truly delivers well-being for future generations.

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Chair: Andy Middleton
Andy Middleton is Chief Exploration Officer at the TYF Group, a former Non-Exec Director at NRW, Partner at NOW Partners, a B Corp Ambassador and a trustee of charities One Planet Centre and Earth Protector Communities.

 

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Katie Palmer, Food Sense Wales: Katie is Programme Manager at Food Sense Wales.

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Graeme Wilson, Slade Farm Organics: Graeme is an organic farmer and grower from South Wales advocating sustainable place based farming that delivers for the environment, the community and the farmer.

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Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University: Angelina is a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

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Professor Terry Marsden, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University: Terry is Director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff.

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Shea Buckland-Jones, WWF Cymru: Shea is Food, Land Use and Nature Policy Manager at WWF Cymru.

12.30pm: Blog – Ludivine Petetin – Brexit, Covid-19 and the future of food and farming

Brexit, Covid-19 and the future of food and farming

12.45pm: Video – Gerald Miles – The Future of Food

In this inspirational video, Gerald Miles of Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture talks about the importance of sustainable, local food production and his deep rooted connection and love for the land he farms.

1.30pm: Blog – Size of Wales 

Check out this blog from Size of Wales on how Welsh diets can drive worldwide deforestation.

1.00pm: Video – Cookery demo – Sam & Shauna’s Big Cook out

Join BBC chefs Sam and Shauna for a mouthwatering cookery demo using all locally sourced ingredients.

2.00-3.00pm: Live Discussion: Launch of the FFCC Wales Report – Wales Field Guide for Future Generations

The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission launches its Wales Report Wales Field Guide for Future Generations, exploring the opportunities and challenges provided by the Welsh policy framework to make more rapid progress towards sustainable practices, with farming as a force for change. Chaired by Professor Jane Davidson, our panel will look at some of the leading-edge work already underway across Wales, from the structural to the hyper-local, and consider how we ensure that policy translates into more healthy, nutritious and affordable food, better connected and more sustainable farming systems (including agroecology) and an integrated planning and decision making process for land use. 

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Chair: Jane Davidson is the Lead for the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s work in Wales. Jane is the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country. She is Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2007- 2011, she was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales where she proposed legislation to make sustainability the central organising principle of government; the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015. Jane is a RSA Fellow, and in 2017 was invited to become guest faculty on the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership programme in Harvard University.

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Ann Jones (Vice Chair, National Federation of Women’s Institutes).

Ann Jones is a Commissioner at the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and an active member of the WI at local, federation and national level. She was named on the first Green List awarded by the Welsh Assembly. Alongside this, Ann and her family run a beef and sheep farm and a property letting business in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains in Llanddewi Brefi.

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Chris Blake (Director, Green Valleys CIC)

Chris Blake has spent the last decade supporting community responses to climate change. As a founding Director of both award-winning social enterprises The Green Valleys and Community Energy Wales he has been at the forefront of the movement for community owned renewable generation. More recently he has been leading the Skyline programme delivering landscape-scale community stewardship of public land in the South Wales Valleys. He is also a Board member of Natural Resources Wales.

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Sue Pritchard  Sue Pritchard is Chief Executive of the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission. She has over thirty years’ experience as a researcher, writer and consultant on leading change for more sustainable futures. Alongside this Sue runs a small organic livestock farm in Monmouthshire, which is also home to a charity, the Silver Birch Foundation, providing development in the outdoors for disengaged young people. Sue has held a number of visiting Research Fellowships, and was Non-Executive Director of Gwent Health Authority and Chair of Monmouthshire Local Health Board for ten years.

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Pamela Mason  is a public health nutritionist, gaining an MSc and PhD in nutrition from King’s College London after which she worked in training healthcare professionals in nutrition and in writing. Ten years ago she completed a Masters Degree in food policy at City University in London. She has a special interest in sustainable diets and sustainable food systems and in the impact diet has on health and the environment. She has written four food and nutrition-related books, including most recently a book entitled ‘Sustainable Diets. How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System’ which she co-authored with Professor Tim Lang from City University. She has a keen interest in short food supply chains and local food and is a member of the Just Food group in Abergavenny.

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Patrick Holden is the founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organisation founded in 2012 and working internationally to accelerate the transition to more sustainable food systems. Prior to this he was director of the Soil Association (until 2010) during which time his advocacy and campaigning for more sustainable food systems was underpinned through the development of the organic standards and market-place. His farming experience spans nearly 50 years, centred on Holden Farm Dairy, now the longest established organic dairy farm in West Wales, where he produces Hafod cheese from the milk of his 80 Ayrshire cows. He was awarded a CBE for services to organic farming in 2005, is Patron of the UK Biodynamic Farming Association and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2016. Patrick is a regular writer, broadcaster, and speaker at public events.

3.30pm: Video – What Does Less But Better Meat Mean for Wales?

Snowdonia shepherdess Teleri Fielden on nature-friendly farming and what less but better meat means for Wales.

Teleri Fielden is a first-generation farmer and manages Llyndy Isaf, a 600-acre National Trust upland farm in Snowdonia.

Teleri became the fifth farming scholar at Llyndy Isaf in September 2017. The scholarship was set up in 2012 by the National Trust in partnership with Wales Young Farmers Club (YFC), to support the next generation into farming by helping young farmers to gain practical experience of managing a nature-friendly farm, with a mixture of sheep and cattle.

3.45pm: Downloads

Get creative with your little ones in the kitchen with these nature themed recipes.

Biscuit Birds
Pastry Snails
Marshmallow Mushies

4.00-5.00pm: Live Discussion: Land Sparing v Land Sharing – Jane Davidson Chairing

Discussion around how land can be shared, bridging the gap between different land use interests (including agricultural, wildlife and ecosystem regeneration, housing and leisure and tourism uses) towards understanding how land can deliver multiple benefits.

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Chair: Jane Davidson is the Lead for the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission’s work in Wales. Jane is the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country. She is Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2007- 2011, she was Minister for Environment and Sustainability in Wales where she proposed legislation to make sustainability the central organising principle of government; the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015. Jane is a RSA Fellow, and in 2017 was invited to become guest faculty on the Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership programme in Harvard University.

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Sue Pritchard (Chief Executive: Food, Farming & Countryside Commission. She has over 25 years’ experience as a researcher, writer and consultant on leading change in complex social systems. Alongside this Sue runs a small livestock farm in Monmouthshire.

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Alicia Miller runs Troed y Rhiw Organics, an organic horticulture farm in West Wales, with her husband, Nathan Richards. She is also the web editor at the Sustainable Food Trust. Alicia is on the steering group for the Wales Real Food and Farming Conference and is a part of the team at Food Manifesto Wales.

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Mark Lea (Green Acres Farm, Shropshire) Mark works closely with the Welsh Grain Forum. Mark is a director of Organic Arable & is part of two research projects, Living Mulch and LiveWheat which are both managed by the Organic Research Centre. Mark is active on social media – @GreenAcres_Farm

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Erica Thompson is part of Rhiw Las, a One Planet Development of four smallholdings which gained planning permission in 2016. Erica also chairs the One Planet Council, a voluntary organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting One Planet Development in Wales and beyond.

5.15pm: Video – The Good Fish Guide: Sustainable seafood made easy

Find out how you can make sustainable seafood choices easily by using the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide App.

5.30pm: Video – Wales Real Food and Farming Conference with Food Manifesto Wales

A Welsh green recovery must be inclusive to work for everybody. We’ve asked people in food and farming communities across Wales to tell us how things are for them today, also to describe what a good food system would look like, and to share what they believe needs to happen to bring that about.

6.00-7.00pm: Live Panel Discussion: From Farm to Fork

The Covid-19 crisis has challenged the way think about our food system.  It has highlighted the importance of local food and farming in harmony with nature.  Join us to hear from 4 farmers who will offer insight into their farm to fork initiatives and the importance of nature friendly farming.

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Chair: Hilary Kehoe is Senior Development Officer at PONT and is the Chair of Nature Friendly Farming Network Cymru.  Hilary Kehoe farms with her family at Tyddyn Isaf, near Bangor, running cattle and sheep enterprises that work across Anglesey and Gwynedd for conservation management. 

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Polly Davies is a mixed organic tenant farmer at Slade Farm Organics, St Brides Major South Wales. The farm has strong focus on local food and has a vegetable patch to grow food for the local community and provides high quality sustainable meat through their box scheme. Polly is also passionate about increasing the farm yields both in ecology and improved organic agronomy.

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Gerald Miles farms Caerhys Organic Community Agriculture just north of St David’s on the extreme western edge of Wales.  Cae Rhys is an agricultural scheme run for and supported by the local community, where members share delicious organic food grown in is partnership with local farmers.

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Emma Douglas grew up on the Gower Peninsula and continues to assist with the running of a small herd of Welsh Black cattle and horses at the family farm. Emma undertakes conservation grazing with her own Dexter cattle and ponies and she runs her successful small business Gower Meadow Beef.  Emma is the South Wales Regional Development Officer at PONT

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Sam Kenyon farms goats and sheep at Glan Llyn Farm, St Asaph.  Sam is passionate about wildlife and, along with her husband Alex, is working to improve the health and biodiversity of the farmyard, fields and ancient limestone woodland. Each month they produce boxes of delicious lean goat meat which they deliver in North Wales or sell at their little pop-up farm shop. 

Submit your question to our discussion panellists before the event…