Farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as the production of food has become a global industry. We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating – as the horsemeat scandal demonstrated two years ago. We are reaching the tipping point where the industrial farming revolution threatens our countryside, health and the quality of our food. Whilst some see the future in hyper-industrial mega-farming masquerading under the guise of ‘sustainable intensification’, others see keeping animals on farms rather than factories as the real solution to the world’s problems. Philip Lymbery, chief executive of
Compassion in World Farming and author of ‘Farmageddon: The true cost of cheap meat’ joins writer on farming and food, Graham Harvey, in a global dialogue about the march of mega-farms and whether a green and pleasant land holds the key to
providing decent food for everyone forever. Special guest and distinguished US campaigner, Elizabeth Kucinich, will share insights from America, the birthplace of the mega-farm.
Philip is Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming and a prominent commentator on the effects of industrial farming. Listed by The Grocer as one of the food industry’s most influential people, he was Compassion’s campaigns director throughout the 1990s, a period of extraordinary success, including EU-wide bans on veal crates and battery cages. Philip is author of Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, published in 2014 and written with Sunday Times political editor, Isabel Oakeshott. Philip is on the board of Brussels-based Eurogroup for Animals, and Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming. He is a life-long wildlife enthusiast, a licensed bird ringer for the British Trust for Ornithology and a former wildlife tour leader to locations like the Seychelles, Costa Rica and the USA. He lives in rural Hampshire with his wife and stepson.
After graduating in agriculture at Bangor Graham joined Farmers Weekly as a reporter and feature writer. He has since written on food and farming for a wide range of publications including The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, New Scientist, and Country Life. For three years he wrote the Old Muckspreader column in Private Eye. In the mid 1980s he joined the script-writing team of the long-running radio series The Archers and is currently the programme’s Agricultural Advisor, responsible for developing the farming and rural storylines. His books include The Killing of the Countryside, The Forgiveness of Nature, a study of the part grassland has played in the life and culture of Britain, and We Want Real Food. His most recent book – The Carbon Fields – was published in 2008. Recently he has moved into film production. A co-founder of Pasture Promise TV, he has co-produced a series of short films about pasture farming and sustainable agriculture. Watch them at pasturepromise.tv He is also a co-founder of the Oxford Real Farming Conference.
Elizabeth is a prominent spokesperson for a new food movement towards ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture’, for healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people and healthy planet. She is the Policy Director at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Washington, D.C., which is the foremost legal authority on food and agricultural issues in the United States. Elizabeth serves on the board of several notable organisations including the Rodale Institute – the oldest organic research institute in America, est. 1947. She is also passionate about documentaries as a medium for education. Elizabeth is the executive producer of GMO OMG, which won the 2014 Environmental Media Award for best documentary. Elizabeth is married to former eight-term congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich.