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Wales: A Sustainable Food Nation

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Tuesday 4th June 2013 - 9:00am
Glamorgan Building Committee Rooms

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  • Ticket price (non-member): £70.00
  • Ticket price (member): £56.00

Wales: a sustainable food nation

In association with, Cardiff University and The Waterloo Foundation and supported by: Cardiff Food Council, Soil Association, Cynnal Cymru, Organic Centre Wales, Cardiff City Council, Public Health Wales, Welsh Local Government Association, Cardiff Riverside Market, Natural Resources Wales

Chair: Peter Davies, Sustainable Development Commissioner for Wales

Food has always been a defining characteristic of Wales, its economy and environment. Our food culture and the systems that support it also lie at the heart of some of the greatest challenges facing our country today, from an epidemic of obesity and diet-related ill-health to the ever-burgeoning threats of climate change and resource depletion.

With growing recognition of the central role food can play in our response to sustainable development, environment, planning and welfare reform legislation, as well as its vital role in creating jobs and prosperity, this one day conference will consider how Wales can become a truly sustainable food nation. Bringing together representatives from all key sectors, the event will explore the obstacles and opportunities for action, showcase innovation and promote a new level collaboration on healthy and sustainable food, from national policy to local practice.

9.00am Registration

SESSION 1: The case for change: why Wales needs to become a sustainable food nation

10.00am KEYNOTE: We are what we eat

Jonathon Porritt, Forum for the Future

10.30am Food, health, and wellbeing

Dr Sharon Hopkins, Executive Director of Public Health, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

11.00am Coffee Break

11.30am Food and sustainable development

Alun Davies, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Welsh Government

SESSION 2: Agents of change: obstacles and opportunities for providing healthy and sustainable food

12.00pm Roundtable debate: Mainstreaming sustainable food

Edmund Bailey, President, NFU Cymru
Dr Pamela Robinson, Birmingham Business School
Clive Newton, Catering Manager, Cardiff University
Rob Scoulding, Co-operative Cymru/Wales
Clare Devereux, Policy Director, Food Matters
Heather Jenkins, Waitrose Director of Buying for Meat, Poultry, Fish, Frozen food and Dairy, and Agriculture Strategy

1.15pm Lunch: Exhibition and Networking

2.15pm Changing our diet

Zoe Harcombe, author of The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it?

2.45pm Connecting the country with the city: the role of planning and procurement

Professor Kevin Morgan, Planning and Geography, Cardiff University

3.15pm Sustainable food cities: how Wales can take part

Tom Andrews, Soil Association
Eryl Powell, Chair, Cardiff Food Council

3.45pm Wales as a sustainable food nation

Roundtable chaired by Kevin Morgan
Steve Garrett, Riverside Community Market Association
Tim Peppin, Welsh Local Government Association
Cllr Ashley Govier, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Cardiff City Council
Prof. Terry Marsden, Sustainable Places Research Unit, Cardiff University

4.30pm Next steps in driving change across Wales

Peter Davies, Sustainable Development Commissioner for Wales

4.45pm Conference Close