Author: Tom Simpson

Guest blog – Dead Zone: Where the wild things were

Guest blog from Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming Today, many wild animals face extinction. However, it’s not just the usual suspects – climate change and poaching – which are to blame. In fact, one of the biggest drivers

Why have we raised the ticket price this year and why speakers need to buy tickets…

Ticket prices Thanks to our sponsors and funders we have over the years been able to subsidise the cost of the conference tickets to delegates. This is a very important part of what ORFC is all about. We do not

ORFC’s Manager Nessie Reid gives us a peek into next years conference…

Conference Manager Nessie Reid fills us in on how the programme is shaping up in this sneak-peek video! Don’t forget, ORFC 2018 Tickets available here

ART, FOOD AND FARMING: Call for artist in residence at ORFC 2018

Closing date: 7 November Calling to all artists/musicians/poets/dancers interested in food, farming and the environment. John Berger, the great art critic and writer allegedly said “The strange power of art is sometimes it can show that what people have in common is

We’re back! Announcing the Call for Contributions for the 2018 Oxford Real Farming Conference

With only 6 months until the ORFC 2018 (how time flies!) we’ve begun pulling together an exciting programme for 2018…  When we asked for your ideas this time last year, the UK had recently voted to leave the European Union. This

ORFC 2017 content is now live

If you would like to relive the ORFC 2017, take a look at our photos here. I am pleased to announce that all the PowerPoints and audio recordings from this year’s conference can be found in our 2017 Archive. Nessie

The ORFC poet in residence

“Go into the towns and cities laden with produce and stories… too much fact runs off busy people like water from compacted soil. Learn how to open them to the seeds of ideas…”  The French writer, designer and playwright Jean

A tale of two conferences

Why run the Oxford Real Farming Conference when the ‘official’ Oxford Farming Conference already says all that needs saying? Because, says Colin Tudge, they represent two quite different world views. The Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) and the Oxford Farming

For Britain’s and the world’s agriculture, Brexit is much bigger than Brexit

In the spirit of John McEnroe, Colin Tudge urges our leaders to “Be serious!” The discussions that have followed Brexit – “Ooh Crikey! What shall we do now?” – are, if anything, even less edifying than those that led us

The NFU, Glyphosate and statistics

In its December edition of British Farmer and Grower the National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging its readers to lobby their MPs and MEPs to ensure the long-term future of glyphosate, the central ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Round-Up. In June