Conference programme

The conference programme is as follows. Please note this programme is subject to change prior to the event.

Wednesday 9 February

9:30am Registration and coffee
10.15am Opening remarksHelen Browning, Director, Soil Association

Blogs from this session:
10.30am Civic welcome - Councillor Nigel Murphy, Executive Member for the Environment, Manchester City Council

Audio: Helen Browning and Councillor Nigel Murphy

10.45am Rt. Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for DEFRA

Blogs from this session: Panel discussion: What is the future of food?
Chaired by: Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association

Dr Mike Bushell - Principal Scientific Advisor, Syngenta
Rita Clifton - UK Chair of Interbrand and Sustainable Development Commissioner
Jan Hutchinson - Director of Public Health for NHS Bolton and Bolton Council
Peter Kendall - President, NFU
Dr John Middleton - Vice-President, Faculty of Public Health
Professor Urs Niggli – Director, Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
Audio: What is the future of food?

  Blogs from this session:
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Breakout sessions

A) Science and society - Technical experts examine the growing scientific case for organic farming.
- Download the presentation [ppt, 4.7 MB]
B) Communicating organic to consumers - OTB discussion on the organic marketing campaign 2011.
C) Changing diets, changing lives - Food for Life Partnership and its contribution to improving public health outcomes for young people
- Download the presentation [ppt, 4.7 MB]
D) A smart new CAP for 2013 - What should the organic community be lobbying for in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2013?
3:30pm Refreshments
4.00pm Panel discussion: What is stopping progress?
Chaired by: Monty Don, President, Soil Association

Joanna Blythman - Food writer and journalist
Colin Cox - Head of Manchester Food Futures and Public Health Consultant
Professor Tim Lang - Professor of Food Policy, City University London
Angela Mawle - Chief Executive of UK Public Health Association
Guy Watson - Riverford Organics
Audio: Panel discussion: What is stopping progress?

  Blogs from this session:
5.30pm Delegates at leisure
Public meeting
- organised by Unicorn Co-op and Kindling Trust
6.30pm Drinks reception
7.30pm Dinner – provided by local organic producers
9.00pm Entertainment by Lunar Coup

Thursday 10 February

9.30am Registration and coffee
10.00am Breakout sessions

A) Marketplaces of tomorrow - How organic buying groups and co-ops are changing the way consumers purchase
- Agenda [PDF, 78 KB]
- Organic supply networks presentation [ppt, 1.3 MB]
- Stroudco presentation [ppt, 1.4 MB]
- Larger scale trading models presentation [ppt, 9.2 MB]
- Workshop notes [PDF, 86 KB]
B) The future organic consumer - latest update on the organic marketplace from Kantar Worldpanel and a look at the future consumer, with perspectives from The Futures Company, Asda, Community Foods and Ecotricity
- Download the presentation [ppt, 3.1 MB]
C) Tomorrow's farms - New initiatives from low carbon to local markets
D) Why changing school meals matters - procurement and sustainability - How better public procurement is making powerful business sense 
11.30am Refreshments
12.00pm Panel discussion: Should we influence food choices?
Chaired by: Rose Prince, journalist and writer

Graham Harvey - Writer and journalist
Dr Jennifer Lisle
Ed Mayo
- Secretary General, Co-operatives UK
Arthur Potts Dawson - Founder, People's Supermarket
Mark Price – Managing Director, Waitrose
Anna Rosier - Managing Director, Organix Brands Ltd
Audio: Panel discussion: Should we influence food choices?

1.30pm Lunch
2.45pm Panel discussion: Visions of a food future
Chaired by: Dr Tom MacMillan, Director of the Food Ethics Council

Deborah Doane - Director of World Development Movement
Graeme Matravers - Chair, Soil Association Farmer and Grower Board
Professor Kevin Morgan - University of Cardiff
Andrew Simms - Writer and Fellow, new economics foundation
Geoff Tansey - Writer and campaigner
Colin Tudge - Writer and campaigner
Audio: Visions of a food future

4.00pm Reflections on the conference and next steps - Helen Browning, Director of the Soil Association
Audio: Helen Browning's reflections on the conference

4.30pm Conference ends


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