Zoom — 16 November 2021 – Mike Winter
Food and the land
This talk will be in Church Stretton URC.
We live in a period of unprecedented change and uncertainty for the farming sector. This talk speculates on what farming might look like in a food system radically repurposed to improve environmental and human health. The talk will consider the policy, market and technological drivers of change. It will look at contrasting visions for how farming might respond, from ‘high-tech’ to‘agro-ecological’. Or perhaps farming will no longer be how food is produced in a world of hydroponics and cultured foods.
Michael Winter OBE is Professor of Land Economy & Society at the University of Exeter. He has forty years’ experience as a social scientist working on rural issues. Currently he is leading a research project on the impact of COVID on the UK food system. He is a board member of Natural England, the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and Rothamsted Research, and is chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership.