Soil Association annual conference 2014

Transforming the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world

08-09 October, STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon

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Chaired by Farming Today’s Charlotte Smith, join us for a fantastic two day conference to debate some of the biggest issues of the day facing our food and farming systems.

The conference is a great chance for all of us in the organic movement – producers, businesses, policymakers, campaigners, and public members, and anyone with an interest in changing our food system for the better – to get together and celebrate our successes and our common goals. We hope to see as many of you as possible.

Honey bees - credit Cordelia Molloy

Session 1 - Keep Britain Buzzing: the latest science, politics and action to help save our pollinators
Professor Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology, University of Sussex on action and practical approaches to supporting bees and other pollinators

Session 2 - Stopping the superbugs: how farming can help keep antibiotics working
Professor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer sets out the scale of the challenge of antibiotic resistance

Session 3 - Farming for health: does the way we produce food affect its nutritional value?
Carlo Leifert
, Professor for Ecological Agriculture, Newcastle University presents the findings of the landmark study into the nutritional composition of organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables and cereals

Focus on Forestry at the Soil Association Annual General Meeting

Innovation Award winner - Ezee Tree

Soil Association Innovation Awards 2014
Hear from some of the most creative people in British farming and growing today, shortlisted for our Innovation Award 2014. Listen to their two minute ‘dragons den style’ pitches and debate and vote for your favourite innovator in two interactive sessions.

Session 5 - How can we ensure a good life for all farm animals?
Sean Wensley, British Veterinary Association
- Welfare measures check mainly for problems like lameness or feather loss. Is that good enough, or do we have a responsibility to give animals a positive life experience?

Session 6 - Great Food Nations? The English and Scottish government food plans, and how a future government could fix our fractured farming and food systems
Peter Bonfield, author of The Plan for Public Procurement, Mike Clarke, CEO of the RSPB and Frank Strang of Scotland’s ‘Good Food Nation’ report, will talk through the challenges and vision around our food system

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Find out more about Day 2

Organic Awards 2014 logoJoin us at the end of Day 1 for a celebration of the best of organic - 2 course producer supper, our Organic Awards ceremony and (organic?!) dancing

A chance to gather with friends new and old - join us for an informal drinks reception and followed by a 2 course sit down meal. The menu will be designed by Cotswold Cooks and ingredients sourced organically from our very own licensees. The winners of our Organic Awards 2014 will be announced after supper and presented this year by Hardeep Singh Kohli – writer, broadcaster and organic enthusiast. The evening's entertainment of music and dancing will be brought to us by Licence to Ceilidh.

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If you have any enquiries about the conference, please contact the Events Team on or 0117 314 5155.

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