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Forgotten food issues: A case study of pesticides

Forgotten food issues: A case study of pesticides

17/07/17
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A few food and farming issues seem to hog the limelight in the media and in political and public discourse, which means that many other important issues are often ‘forgotten’ or neglected in public debates. One such issue is the pesticide approval process, but there are many others.

On the landmark 10th Anniversary of our Business Forum dinners, we discussed ‘forgotten’ food issues. Our guests heard from keynote speakers, Sheila Dillon, food journalist and longstanding presenter of Radio 4’s widely-respected ‘The Food Programme’ and Helen Browning OBE, organic farmer, Chief Executive of the Soil Association and Council member of the Food Ethics Council. The meeting was chaired by David Pink, Emeritus Professor of Crop Improvement at Harper Adams University and Trustee of the Food Ethics Council.


Food Makers 2030

Food Makers 2030

11/05/17
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The March 2017 Business Forum report asks  who will grow and make our food in the future.

The beginning of the end of cheap food?

The beginning of the end of cheap food?

14/03/17
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The January 2017 Business Forum report asks how we should prepare for food inflation and true cost food.

Brexit food ethics: trade deals and trade-offs

Brexit food ethics: trade deals and trade-offs

30/01/17
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November 2016's Business Forum discussed how terms of trade in food and agricultural products could be fair for all concerned.

Brexit food ethics: Beyond migrant labour

Brexit food ethics: Beyond migrant labour

30/11/16
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September 2016's Business Forum discussed the ethical issues surrounding the food and farming workforce post Brexit.

From hydroponics to underground farms

From hydroponics to underground farms

03/10/16
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How urban farming can best contribute to long-term food security. A report of the July 2016 Business Forum.

Embracing science?

Embracing science?

13/09/16
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How can food and farming businesses engage with science to tackle global food challenges? A report of the Business Forum meeting on Wednesday 18th of May 2016.


EU Referendum: Should we stay or should we go?

EU Referendum: Should we stay or should we go?

10/05/16
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How can we make the most of either outcome for the future of food and farming? A report of the Business Forum meeting on Tuesday 22nd March 2016.

Fat at five: the new norm?

Fat at five: the new norm?

30/03/16
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The 19th January 2016 Business Forum explored the drivers behind the rise in obesity; debated different interventions that business might take; and considered what should be in the Government’s forthcoming child obesity strategy.

Fair share-holders

Fair share-holders

29/02/16
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The 24th November 2015 Business Forum explored how investors can help us drive fair, sustainable and humane food systems.