Oxford Real Farming Conference 2012: Policy opportunities for agroecology

A strategy session to discuss policy opportunities to promote ecological and equitable models of sustainable food production and consumption was held during the 2012 Oxford Real Farming Conference, January 2012.


Patrick Mulvany (UKFG) Opportunities to promote ‘Ecological Food Provision’ in the framework of food sovereignty
Julia Wright (CAFS, Coventry University) How to ‘Change Mindsets’ towards the benefits of ecological and equitable models of sustainable food production and consumption in the UK
Michel Pimbert (IIED) How to promote thinking about the ‘Transformation of the Food System’ at all levels so that it puts the realisation of food sovereignty at its heart
Geoff Tansey (writer and consultant)  Why and how food is at the heart choosing our future world, who’ll dominate it, in part through the ‘New Enclosures’ facilitated by the extension to living systems of the global patent regime
Panel comments and actions How to develop and occupy policy and communications spaces, identifying who will help achieve this
Final panel discussion Panel comments
  • audio (mp3, 4.6mb, 26 mins)

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