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Event Details

Event Date

23 March 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Leamington Spa Baptist Church
Leamington Spa Baptist Church Hall
Chandos Street
Leamington Spa
CV32 4RN
United Kingdom

A Joint meeting with Friends of the Earth
Environmental issues and Food Security
How can we meet the needs of people without trashing the Environment?
Guest Speaker:  Mr David Gardner
Former CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of England
Developed Innovation for Agriculture initiative
Director of The Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, 
Organise and helps farming consultations at St George’s House, Windsor Castle.   
(See more bio data/biography below) 

The local UN Association and Friends of the Earth are delighted that Mr David Gardner has accepted an invitation to come and address our joint meeting.   The focus of his address will be about the challenges of food and energy production and use against the phenomenal demand associated with a growing population. He will also cover biodiversity, soils, greenhouse gases, automation, animal welfare, human diets, genetic editing as well as farm based energy production and storage and how they might contribute to future energy demands.

David is a NED at Waldersey Farms on the fens and at the Rural Payments Agency where he represents the industry. He is a Director of The Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit, a Trustee of The Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust, an Ambassador for Social Farms and Gardens and helps St George’s House at Windsor Castle organise their farming consultations.  

Prior to his ‘retirement’ in May 2018 David was CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of England where he developed the Innovation for Agriculture initiative. Innovation for Agriculture is a consortium of 16 Agricultural Societies that promotes emerging technologies that will shape agriculture over the coming decades. Innovation for Agriculture has three technical programmes focused upon Soil Health, Precision Livestock Technologies and Antibiotic Resistance. The organisation is project coordinator for the 4D4F Horizon 2020 project which promotes the adoption and development of precision technologies in the dairy sector.  

Previously David enjoyed a long career with The Co-operative Farms who he joined as a graduate after studying at Seale Hayne. During his time with The Co-operative Farms David held a number of Senior positions including Head of Fruit Operations and Manager of Stoughton Estate in Leicestershire. He has considerable experience in the combinable, dairy and fruit sectors. 

In 2010 he completed a Nuffield study on ‘New Science and Pioneer Technologies to transform UK agriculture’ which took him to leading research facilities in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The study developed a particular interest in genetics and automation. 
There will be a Ploughman`s Lunch and coffee/tea (£3.50 per head) from 12:00 pm till 2:15 pm and the meeting starts at 12:30 prompt.   
Please do come along and bring a friend!
Please keep this date in your diary



Mr Gian Clare