A date for your diary this November as the LEAF Annual Conference will be taking place on Tuesday 20th November.
A date for your diary this November as the LEAF Annual Conference will be taking place on Tuesday 20th November, more details to follow on how you can secure your place and our great line-up of speakers.
As consumers we have an expectation that our readily available food is safe, nutritious and sustainable, so that people can maintain a healthy and productive life. We believe our food is what it claims to be. However, the food supply chain is becoming increasingly complex. Interaction between demographics, changes in diet, trade liberalisation, increased focus on conservation, technological innovations including GM crops, the impact of climate change - all affect the food chain and food security at many levels.
Our food supply is vulnerable to the growing incidences across the globe of ‘food fraud’, ‘food crime’ and misrepresentation such as through buying cheap food or incorrect labelling.
However, there are ground breaking developments and strategies in the field of food integrity: safety, quality, authenticity and traceability, ranging from the importance of best practice, risk management, assurance systems to DNA testing and artificial intelligence.
This unique and intimate opportunity is for farmers, the food chain, researchers and agricultural industry as well as government officials to discuss and learn from each other about the current state of food defence. The event is designed to raise the discussion around the risks of intentional and unintentional contamination, thus reducing economic losses from natural disasters and/or other incidents that may cause product recalls and decreased consumer confidence in agricultural products. Attendees will enjoy a variety of sessions, networking opportunities and informed discussion geared specifically at reducing the impact of food system attacks and catastrophic events.