OXFORD FARMING CONFERENCE(S) 2020
The annual Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) and Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) took place last week.
Both conferences focused on the issues of sustainability, the climate crisis, and maintaining high farming and food standards.
Speakers at the OFC included Secretary of State for DEFRA, The Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP, who committed to the conference that Brexit would not result in any dilution of the current high standards in environmental protection, food safety, and animal welfare; as well as Henry Dimbleby, who spoke on the challenges facing the UK's food systems, and outlined the next steps of the new National Food Strategy.
Speakers at ORFC included representatives from Sustain, The Soil Association, Food Foundation, the Green Party, Extinction Rebellion, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and many others.
In other news ...
Our friends at Sustain have published a new guide for councils, school caterers and partners who want to deliver meals to older and disabled adults during the Covid-19 outbreak.
We continue on our quest to keep DfE informed about the support families need during school closures. With Children's Food Campaign, we've written to Gavin Williamson to ask for help for families during the school holidays.
Our Breakfast Box project launched last week and so far, over 2,000 children across Lambeth and Southwark have received one of our breakfast boxes, filled with two weeks’ worth of nutritious breakfast foods.