Speaker: Patrick Holden, CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Food Trust
Date: September 30, 2014
Location/Time: UCI University Club, 7:30 p.m.
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This lecture is part of the Sustainability Initiative lecture series of UC Irvine’s “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so rsvps are requested to The Newkirk Center for Science and Society (email@example.com)
Patrick Holden believes that there is a fundamentally important link between the method of food production, going right back to soil management, and the resulting health of plants, animals and people. This fundamental link extends to any particular food production system. He believes that these connections have been overlooked in policy-making circles. He further believes that a compelling case exists for redesigning food systems in such a manner that they can make a significant contribution to promoting public health, and to avoiding some of the enormous costs associated with the negative health externalities of the present global system.
Holden trained in Biodynamic Farming at Emerson College in Sussex. His 250 acre mixed hill farm near Lampeter is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, producing a raw milk cheddar style cheese from the milk of 70 Ayrshire dairy cows.
Having served as Director of the Soil Association between 1995 and 2010, he established a new organization, The Sustainable Food Trust, which works to promote increased international cooperation between those working in the field of sustainable agriculture.
He is also International Ambassador of the Soil Association, is a member of the UK Government’s Foresight International Food Security Working Group, an advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and Patron of the Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association, Living Earth Land Trust and the Soil Association Land Trust. For his service to organic farming, he was recognized in 2005 as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Among his current initiatives is “True Cost Accounting in Food and Farming”. This initiative resulted in an international conference on December 6, 2013 which brought together world-leaders from across food, farming, conservation, research, finance and government policy. The work of the conference was to investigate why the current global economic system makes it more profitable to produce food in ways that damage the environment and human health, instead of rewarding methods of food production which result in safe and sustainable food procurement.