Tim Young - 11 February 2011
So that was my third Soil Association conference, and I enjoyed it thoroughly – possibly my favourite of the three I’ve attended. Overall there it felt like there was more of a focus on exploring specific viable solutions to the problems we face, as opposed to just enumerating what all the problems are.
I think in this context that the emerging success of the Food for Life Partnership has been psychologically important – to hear Professor Kevin Morgan of Cardiff University describe the programme as the most important school food programme ‘since the second World War’ is not only pleasing from an organisational stand-point, but should be inspiration to think about what the next huge successes could be; both for the Soil Association itself, and the wider progressive food movement.
Anyway, I wanted to say thanks to all the bloggers who have shared their thoughts on the conference over the last couple of days, thanks to all the delegates and speakers for making it such a great event, and thanks to anyone who has taken the trouble to read any of this or leave comments. And also special thanks to my colleagues, particularly Molly, Laura and Amy (and others) who ran themselves ragged making it such a great day.
Finally – and on the subject of thinking what our next success could be – attached are some photos of various delegates showing their support for our ‘Not in my banger’ campaign to oppose keeping pigs in indoor pig factories with zero grazing. Enjoy the photos, and if you’re not aware of the campaign go over to www.soilassociation.org/notinmybanger and find out more.
Tim is editor of the Soil Association's Living Earth magazine, and has written on food, health and consumer issues for the last ten years. When not at work Tim is normally being run ragged by his two young sons. In 2009 Tim started trying to grow vegetables, and last year he took on an allotment. Two years later he is still trying to grow vegetables, and is very hopeful that one day soon he will have some success.
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