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British Library cooks up post-Brexit food policy debate

Join Hungry City author Carolyn Steel, Guardian journalist Felicity Lawrence, RSPB biodiversity specialist Lucy Bjorck and Kath Dalmeny of Sustain for an evening of debate on the future of our food system, post-Brexit.

Monday 16 April 2018, 7pm to 8.30pm at the British Library. Book your ticket here:


If Brexit represents an opportunity to revitalise and redefine our ways of working, then how would we like our food system to be?

During 2018, the UK will start making decisions about the future of our food, farming and fishing outside the European Union. A public consultation is underway led by the UK agriculture ministry, Defra, and a consultation on fisheries policy will follow. Meanwhile, the newspapers are awash with stories about the prospect of international trade featuring more imported beef, chicken and sugar. New UK legislation will set the rules for how public money will be invested in the future, in our farmers, soil, wildlife and landscapes. The price, quality and healthiness of our food - and prospects for diverse farmers and food workers at home and overseas - will either be improved or undermined by the decisions we make over the coming years. At this momentous time, join four leading thinkers on British food policy for an evening of healthy discussion about the future of our food system.

About the speakers

Carolyn Steel is an architect, lecturer and writer, and author of Hungry City: How food shapes our lives, which explores our food - how what we eat shapes the farming, buildings, economies, environment and relationships that define us.

Felicity Lawrence is a special correspondent for The Guardian newspaper and author of the bestselling exposés of the food industry, Not on the Label and Eat Your Heart Out.

Lucy Bjorck is senior policy advisor for the RSPB and led civil-society organisations in drawing up the Square Meal report, setting out a shared agenda for a healthy and sustainable food system.

Kath Dalmeny is chief executive of Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, since 2016 coordinating the alliance's response to Brexit and its profound implications for healthy and sustainable food, farming and fishing. 

This is a British Library event run in partnership with Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming  



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