Soil Association 2013 conference

9-10 October,
Central Hall, Westminster

The Soil Association 2013 Conference showcased cutting edge solutions and approaches to the environmental and public health challenges of our day. Bringing together high profile speakers and practical people from a range of backgrounds the conference shared and inspired best practice, raised new questions and championed ways to feed this generation and the next healthily and humanely. The conference was a great opportunity to meet, network and share new ways of thinking with hundreds of other likeminded people.

School girls baking

Day one showed how we can change food culture in schools, cities and communities, so that ‘good food for all’ can become the norm.


Day hosted by Monty Don

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director, Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England on how the new Health and Wellbeing Boards in England can drive local action on food skills, food procurement and food poverty.

Myles Bremner, Director of the recently launched School Food Plan, talked about how the success of the Food for Life Partnership can be taken forward into the next decade.

Leading architects of the Sustainable Food Cities concept.

Questions to campaigners and opinion leaders on the causes of increasing food poverty, and how some lasting solutions can be found.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health on what can be achieved in the new public health landscape.

Farm scene

Day two highlighted grassroots innovation in farming, growing and land use, to lift the productivity, environmental and welfare performance of organic and ecological agriculture and explored what can be learnt from social innovation in other sectors like health or education.


Chaired by BBC Radio 4 Farming Today’s Charlotte Smith

Prof Tim Benton, champion for the UK Global Food Security Programme, Prof Norman Uphoff from International Agriculture at Cornell University and Ed Dowding, the founder of

Some of the most creative people in British farming and growing today, shortlisted for a new award recognising outstanding innovators.

Keynote speakers explored what British farming can glean from elsewhere.

Learning from social innovation in other sectors like health and education, from farmer-led innovation in other parts of the world. What can organic and non-organic agriculture learn from each other?

Audio, presentations and quotes from Day 1

Audio, presentations and quotes from Day 2


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The Soil Association 2013 conference is kindly supported by:

Day 1 sponsors

Big Lottery Fund Food for Life Partnership

Day 2 sponsor


Feature sponsors

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Exhibitor sponsors

Triodos Bank

Supporter sponsors