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Towards Net Zero Emissions

This conference, organised by the Sustainable Food Trust in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union, will be held on 5th July 2019 with an evening reception and guest lecture by Charles Massy on the 4th July.

This conference has been inspired by Minette Batters’ target of net zero carbon emissions from UK agriculture by 2040. It is the first NFU/SFT partnership event, underlying the urgent need to work collaboratively to address the challenge of climate change. The event will explore the uniquecapacity of farming systems to address the threats of climate change,biodiversity and soil carbon loss, whilst producing high quality, health-promoting food.

Venue: Fir Farm, Lower Swell, Gloucestershire. Generously hosted by Sir Alan and Lady Parker.

Speakers include:

  • Minette Batters – President, National Farmers’ Union

  • The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP – Secretary of State, Defra (tbc)

  • Tony Juniper – Chair, Natural England

  • Professor Dieter Helm – Chair, Natural Capital Committee

  • Professor Myles Allen and Michelle Cain – Oxford University (tbc)

  • Professor Michael Lee – Rothamsted Research

  • Charles Massy – Australian author and farmer

  • Henry Edmunds – Cholderton Estate

  • Gail Bradbrook – Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion

  • Jonathan Dimbleby – Broadcaster and author

We invite farmers, policy makers, investors and other stakeholders to join usin exploring the practical, policy and economic changes that are needed toenable a transition to sustainable agriculture.

Conference session themes:

  • Reaching net zero carbon emissions: addressing the UK challenge

  • Climate change and emissions from UK agriculture: the science

  • Farming and business case studies

  • Making sustainable farming pay

  • Panel discussion chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby


Tickets are now available for the Friday event as well as the evening dinner and talk on the Thursday. Concession rates and sponsored places are also available. For more information on these, as well as for media passes and sponsorship opportunites please contact SFT Communications Manager, Megan Perry on or 07761804341