Farming, Biodiversity and Regeneration

Future Leap, 1-3 Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AA
Farming, Biodiversity and Regeneration
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Future Leap, 1-3 Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AA
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 08:00 AM
Until: Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 10:30 AM
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Bringing biodiversity back into farming is essential.​

How can agricultural practices help address the ecological emergency?​

How can this lead to higher quality food that positively impacts our planet's health?​

How can sustainable ocean farming promote marine biodiversity?​

All these questions and more will be answered at this hybrid morning event in preparation for World Food Day, kindly supported byBetter Food.​

We will welcome the Soil Association, Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC and Network members Seaweed Surf Shack to speak at this event.​

Expect informative talks, valuable networking opportunities and inspiring discussions to further support your ability to discover, collaborate and innovate.​

Liz Bowles, Soil Association

Transition to agroecology to meet the climate, nature and health crises we face.

At Soil Association we have partnered with Food and Farming Countryside Commission to conduct research with IDDRI to explore whether a transition to agroecology could be applied in a UK-specific context. I will be sharing the findings to date which shows how the UK could feed the population in 2050, eliminate imports of overseas protein (like soy), deliver GHG emissions savings all whilst phasing out synthetic pesticides and nitrogen. To enable this transition, significant dietary shifts are required- away from intensively produced meat and towards vegetables and plant proteins. The modelling provides a first step towards optimising trade-offs between the interconnected climate, nature and health crises.

Dr Elizabeth Westaway,Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC

Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC is advocating a shift to diversified regenerative/ agroecological production systems to improve human and planetary health. In the UK, a worsening epidemic of diet-related non-communicable diseases is deleteriously impacting individuals, their families and the NHS. Grffn considers the solution lies in farming practices promoting biodiversity to improve soil and plant health; thereby ensuring the production of high quality nutrient dense food. Key findings of the Bionutrient Institute's ongoing study on crop nutrient variation will be shared along with an update on the development of their bionutrient meter for a nutrient dense food supply chain.

Flo Taylor, Seaweed Surf Shack

We will be sharing with you how 3D ocean farming works, why we should all be eating more seaweed, some of the main nutritional benefits of eating seaweed and how you can also help seaweed restoration projects around the UK.

Government guideline and pandemic dependent, this event will take place physically and virtually. Both options offer the full event experience, including networking, Q&A and our famous 60 second pitches. Virtual attendees will need to B-Y-O-Breakfast!

If you purchase a physical ticket but the event is moved fully online, you can choose to have your ticket fully refunded or attend virtually with a partial-refund.


08:00 – 08:20 - Registration, Refreshments and Networking [Plus Virtual Attendees Networking Session]

08:20 - 08:30 - Introduction by Future Leap

08:30 - 08:45 –Liz Bowles, Soil Association

08:45 - 08:55 - Q&A

08:55 – 09:10 –Elizabeth Westaway, Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC

09:10 - 09:20 - Q&A

09:20 - 09:35 -Flo Taylor,Seaweed Surf Shack

09:35 - 09:45 - Q&A

09:45 - 09:50 - 60 Second Pitches

09:50 - 10:00 - Close

10:00 - 10:30 - Networking & Nibbles [Plus Virtual Attendees Networking Session]

Meet the speakers!

Dr Elizabeth Westaway,Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC

Elizabeth Westaway is Co-Founder and Director of Growing Real Food for Nutrition CIC (Grffn), a new start-up learning how to grow and measure nutrient dense food. She is an international public health nutrition specialist, who has worked since 1995 as a practitioner, researcher and consultant in academia, non-governmental organisations and the UN on health, nutrition, food security and agriculture projects in emergency and development contexts of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Elizabeth has a PhD in International Development and research interests in community-based nutrition, healthy and sustainable diets, food quality, nutrition security, food systems, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, livelihoods and poverty reduction.

Flo Taylor, Seaweed Surf Shack CIC

We are Seaweed Surf Shack CIC - a social enterprise aiming to encourage more people to eat sustainably grown seaweed in the UK through workshops and sustainable seaweed snacks. We want to spread awareness of the environmental and nutritional benefits of eating seaweed. We are also partnered with Car Y Mor - in English - For The Love of The Sea. They are a 3D ocean farm based in Pembrokeshire, growing seaweed and shellfish.