Facing the Future: Innovation in food and farming

09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:30 Welcome to the Conference - Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association
09:45 Facing the Future: What role can innovation play?  - Economist Ann Pettifor, author of The Real World Economic Outlook and a Fellow of the new economics foundation (nef), looks at the role of innovation in a resource-constrained future, and what business models and market structures might be needed for a lower-growth, sustainable economy
  Followed by Professor Hans Herren, President of the Millennium Institute and Phil Bloomer, Director of Policy and Campaigns for OXFAM
10:45 Refreshment break
11:15 Panel discussion: Innovation and Facing the Future - Dr Tom Macmillan, Director of Innovation at the Soil Association (Chair); Julian Walker-Palin, Head of Corporate Sustainability at ASDA; Andre Leu, President, IFOAM; Claire Pritchard, Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency and Capital Growth; Tom Curtis, Managing Director of LandShare and Peter Melchett, Policy Director at the Soil Association
  Audience Q & A
12:30 Producer Lunch - provided by regional Soil Association organic producers and businesses
14:00 Workshops:
Workshop A - Facing the Future: Launch of the 2012 Organic Market Report sponsored by Triodos
  Workshop B - Facing the Future: IAASTD - what next for embedding agroecological approaches such as organic into our current farming system?
  Workshop C - Facing the Future: Agroecology in practice: inspiring examples of innovation in farming 
  Workshop D - Good Food for All: Food for Life Partnership - building on the success of five years transforming food culture
  Workshop E - Good Food for All: Rethinking Diets
  Workshop F - Good Food for All: The consumer takes control
16:00 Refreshment break
16:30 Good Food for all - Joanna Blythman discusses her new book, What to Eat with Monty Don
17:30 Conference closes



The Soil Association 2012 conference is kindly supported by:

Lead sponsor

Yeo Valley Organic

Feature sponsors

Food for Life PartnershipOcadoSouthern Solar

Exhibitor sponsors

Carbon GoldCommunity FoodsEcotricity
Population MattersTriodos Bank

Supporter sponsors

Kantar WorldpanelNatracareOmsco