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

15th Nov 2019

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

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

Cost: FREE

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, will raise 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 will look beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model and explore some ground-breaking developments and strategies which aim to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits.  Specifically, we will examine 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 is 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 will enjoy a variety of sessions, networking opportunities and informed discussion. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Henry Dimbleby, Independent Lead, National Food Strategy 

Rob Collins, Managing Director, Waitrose & Partners

Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands

Tim Benton, Research Director, Royal Institute of International Affairs

Emma Chow, Project Manager, Food Initiative, Ellen McArthur Foundation

Jean-Charles Guinot, Cities Engagement Manager, Ellen McArthur Foundation 

Andrew Francis, Senior Farms Manager, Elveden Farms Ltd, LEAF Demonstration Farmer

Gerard Vonk, General Manager, Tangmere Airfield Nurseries Ltd

Philip Wynn, Chairman, LEAF

Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive, LEAF

Cedric Porter, Vice Chairman, LEAF

LEAF’s Annual Conference is FREE to attend. We do hope you will be able to join us. 

Click here for more details and to book your place. This event is often oversubscribed as spaces are limited, so early booking is recommended.