The Great Debate - Do We Need a New Agricultural Revolution?
Wednesday 20 October, 6.30pm-8pm
Online and In Person
The choices we make about how we use our landscapes are urgent and will influence everything from our ability to confront and mitigate the current biodiversity and climate crises we face to the type of food on our plates and prices we pay for it. With Brexit and the release from EU legislation under the Common Agricultural Policy, Britain faces important policy choices about food, farming and landscape use that will potentially reshape our countryside, economy and society.
To celebrate the anniversary of the Great Debate at the Museum on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection in 1860, join us once more for this year’s annual debate to discuss another controversial issue facing science and society ‘Do We Need a New Agricultural Revolution?’.
Join our panel, Helen Browning, Chief Executive of the Soil Association, Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Stuart Roberts, Deputy President of the National Farmers Union chaired by former chairman of the Natural Environment Research Committee and Adaptation to Climate Change Committee, Lord John Krebs, to debate the possible futures we face and the paths we could take to get there. The debate includes a chance to pose your own questions to the panel about the nature of the British countryside and to explore if you think a new agricultural revolution is necessary to reshape our landscapes for the future.