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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

A taste of ORFC17

We’re on a real countdown now until the 2017 ORFC, putting all the final preparations in place in the run up to the festive break. It’s looking like it will be a great conference this year – building on previous

What’s in store for the ORFC 2017?

Trying to decide the ORFC 2017 programme content felt like no mean feat these past few months. Since July, I have received three times more session proposals than what the conference programme can accommodate. Whilst I found the process of

What could a Trump administration mean for global agriculture?

Like everyone else in the world, here at the ORFC we’ve been watching the American elections with a growing sense of bafflement and personally for this author, some serious dismay. It’s no secret that Mr. Trump’s 100-day plan will mean

ORFC16 vounteer retrospective: Manifesto shows way forward for our countryside

This blog is part of our 2016 volunteer retrospective, showcasing the editorial contribution our wonderful volunteers made to last year’s ORFC.  Written by Francis Barton, dated 7 January 2016, this blog is a write up of the launch of Equality in

Agroforestry: our insurance against an uncertain future?

Agroforestry probably offers the best single answer to flood control – and a great deal else besides. It must become a priority. If there was a one-word answer to all the world’s problems, it surely would be trees. Trees are

What could food and farming look like post Brexit?

This week, some of the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) team were in Westminster, attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agroecology for Sustainable Food and Farming‘s annual Farmers in Parliament event. And this year it was, of course, taking on


At the 2017 Oxford Real Farming Conference we’ll be discussing what amounts to a paradigm shift in nutritional theory – a completely different worldview – based not least on a new appreciation of the gut microbiota: the bacteria and archaeans