We stand at a critical moment in history for food and farming. During the last century, our extractive farming practices have contributed to the depletion of nature and brought us to the brink of a planetary emergency, resulting in climate change, catastrophic biodiversity decline and a crisis for public health.
With half of our land now used for agriculture, farmers across the globe have become the primary stewards of nature, climate and health. Yet their delivery of public goods requires redesigning our businesses and industries away from systems based on extraction and growth and towards approaches based on the principles of regeneration, sustainability and the circular economy.
How do we create this sustainable farming future together?
We believe a solution lies in a harmonised measure of sustainability which monitors the impacts of our farming and food systems and facilitates sustainable farming practices. Such a measure could provide a new common language and a universal set of clear targets that can proactively assess and progress the sustainability of whole food and farming systems around the world.
We are delighted to be convening a new coalition working locally and globally which has the potential to make this vision a reality.
As part of our online TEDx Countdown event on Thursday 29th April, you will hear from leading and inspiring thinkers about why they are part of this growing coalition, how farming can be part of the solution and why a global sustainability metric is essential in our fight against climate change. Speakers include: HRH Prince Charles, Henry Dimbleby, Minette Batters, David Potts and Patrick Holden.
Register for a ticket and sign up to our newsletter for all the latest updates, including speaker announcements and calls to action via our website: sustainablefoodtrust.org/events
If we are to step back from this tipping point, we urgently need engagement and action from all the key players in the global food community – including citizens. We hope you’ll join us.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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