Put in dollar figures, the annual loss in environmental damage due to the food sector has been estimate at over twice its total economic output. Health costs to society from food, primarily though obesity and diabetes, have been put at a staggering 11% of global GDP. An expert panel will discuss what is the true cost of our food once its external impacts on nature, society and individual health are taken into account? Can we afford to continue to pay these hidden costs? Can costing these externalities bring about change in the way giant food companies operate and our own food choices?
Chair: Sam Bickersteth, Oxford Martin School Rockefeller Planetary Health programme
Lauren Baker: Director of Programmes, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Patrick Holden: Chief Executive, Sustainable Food Trust
Duncan Williamson: Food Policy Manager, WWF
Ian Noble: Research, Development and Quality Director, Mondelez
David Barling: Director of the Centre for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Management, University of Hertfordshire
Stephen Nelson: Senior Economic Adviser, Head of Food Chain Analysis Team, Defra (TBC)
The panel debate will be followed by a wine reception.