LEAF Annu­al Con­fer­ence 2019: Cir­cu­lar Agri­cul­ture: Trans­form­ing Per­for­mance in a Cir­cu­lar Economy

The LEAF Annu­al Con­fer­ence took place on Fri­day 15th Novem­ber at Bar­clays in Lon­don. Pro­tect­ing the envi­ron­ment, dri­ving inno­va­tion and ensur­ing the farm­ing indus­try stays com­pet­i­tive; how can the Cir­cu­lar Econ­o­my frame­work inform cur­rent think­ing in farm­ing and make change hap­pen for a more sus­tain­able future?

Date: On Friday 15th November 2019 at 9:15 to 15:30

Location: Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HP

This year’s World Economic Forum at Davos had a strong focus on the opportunities for agriculture to embrace a Circular Economy and zero waste goals.

The Circular Economy model challenges resource efficiency – principles that lie at the heart of LEAF’s work in the delivery of Integrated Farm Management (IFM). This conference explores themes around driving more productive and sustainable farming systems that can lead to cost savings, waste prevention, job creation as well as economic, environmental and social opportunities.

The conference, chaired by BBC broadcaster and journalist, Tom Heap, raised the discussion around what the Circular Economy model offers for the pursuit of more sustainable farming and examine how we can transform Circular Economy visions into reality. We took a look beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model and explored some ground-breaking developments and strategies which aimed to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. Specifically, we examined how farming lends itself to Circular Economy thinking and how LEAF’s work around sustainable farming development, demonstration and education fits into the Circular Economy model to support economic, natural and social capital.

This was a unique opportunity for farmers, researchers, industry representatives and those working in the food chain to discuss and learn from each other about the importance of the Circular Economy framework and what it has to offer farming. Attendees enjoyed a variety of sessions, networking opportunities and informed discussion.

Speakers' Presentations

Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands [PDF]

Tim Benton, Research Director, Royal Institute of International Affairs [PDF]

Emma Chow, Project Manager, Food Initiative, Ellen McArthur Foundation [PDF]

Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Farms Ltd, LEAF Demonstration Farmer (to be added)

Gerard Vonk, General Manager, Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd [PDF]

Robert Kynaston, Great Wollaston Farm, Shropshire [PDF]

Paul Faulkner, Commercial Director, Eric Wall Ltd [PDF]

Johan Schutten, Principle Scientist and 'Crop Production' sector lead, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) [PDF]

Downloadable photograph of speakers

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