The Sustainable Food Trust podcast questions current food production methods and sheds light on the future of farming. Chief Executive Patrick Holden hears from a range of voices, including policymakers, business leaders, food producers and campaigners, about some of the issues facing farming systems across the world.
In Conversation with Doug Gurr
Doug Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum, sits down with Patrick to discuss the challenges facing the world, key among them the impact of agriculture. In a wide ranging conversation, they consider what needs to be done to fix ‘our broken planet’, to borrow a phrase from the museum’s current exhibition looking at ways to repair the world. Gurr aims to inspire people to become advocates for the planet. The discussion – sometimes challenging and contentious – considers the role of the museum in our culture and how it can look forward as much as back.
Gurr started as director at the Natural History Museum in 2020. He came from a background in business, notably working for Amazon UK and Amazon China, but has long supported the work of charities such as the British Heart Foundation, the National Gallery, the Science Museum and others, as a board chair or trustee.
In conversation with Dan Saladino
Journalist and broadcaster Dan Saladino joins us for this episode. Dan is best known for his work as a food writer, and for his long-term contribution to the BBC's Food Programme.
Dan’s recently published book Eating to Extinction:The World’s Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them, involved 10 years of travel and research, exploring the plight of unique food systems which are threatened and rapidly disappearing. Inspired by Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, Dan explains the impact of industrialisation on our farming systems and what this means for our food culture. Starting with the Sicilian orange groves of his childhood, the past leads to the present and questions of whether the diversity of our food can be saved, and the need to exert collective pressure on the existing food system and demand food with a better story.
In Conversation with Dr Michael Antoniou
Patrick is joined by Dr Michael Antoniou, leading Molecular Geneticist and Head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group at Kings College London. A must-listen for anyone interested in learning more about the impact genetic modification, gene editing and pesticides are having on our personal and planetary health.
In Conversation with Anya Hindmarch
Climate friendly farming doesn't just impact the food on our plates. This week's guest, fashion designer Anya Hindmarch, recognises that the fashion industry's huge part to play in reducing waste and the use of toxic chemicals, and sourcing materials in a more sustainable way. Anya explains to Patrick how she was inspired by the closed-loop system that exists in nature to design a compostable leather bag, addressing the difficulties of sourcing regenerative hides, and using methods of production which prevent the leech of chemicals into the soil when the bag comes to the end of its life.
Patrick and Anya discuss the potential of the Global Farm Metric to translate into clear standards and labelling for customers wishing to shop sustainably - so watch this space!
In conversation with Simon Fairlie
In this episode, Patrick Holden speaks to Simon Fairlie, farmer and former co-editor of The Ecologist magazine. The two discuss Simon’s new book, Going to Seed, plus advice on how anyone can get involved in the world of agriculture.
Simon advises, “Go WWOOFing and make connections, plus renting land is a lot cheaper than buying. Younger people come to our farm who are looking for something different in farming generally, and they go onto work at others places and get more accomplished, and perhaps they go and establish their own farm.”
In conversation with Satish Kumar
In the first episode of our new podcast series, Patrick Holden, CEO of the Sustainable Food Trust is joined by life-long activist and former monk, Satish Kumar, who has been inspiring global change for over 50 years.
In his 20s, Satish undertook a peace-pilgrimage for nuclear disarmament, walking without money from India to America. Now in his 80s, Satish has devoted his life to campaigning for ecological regeneration, social justice and spiritual fulfilment. An acclaimed author and international speaker, Satish founded The Resurgence Trust, an educational charity that seeks a just future for all. To join Satish in protecting people and planet become a member of Resurgence (with 20% off), entitling you to this charity’s change-making magazine, Resurgence & Ecologist.
ZACH BUSH interview 14/2/2021
Well done Patrick, first for conducting that interview in the first place and second - and perhaps equally importantly, asking the questions that are on everyone's mind about this fascinating subject. What Zach Bush is saying of course is nothing short of explosive, not just about the buccaneering of the Chemical companies "How can glyphosate still be on sale in Sainsbury's??? FFS - when Bayer set $10 billion aside to pay thousands of cases brought against them seeking compensation (because they lost) -How can they delay those payments legitimately might be another big question. Underneath all this is another systemic issue - and I know you share THIS frustration - we are looking into the faces of our babies, our toddlers, teenagers and venturing student children and trying to explain to them (something I refer to myself as the Greta Thunberg effect0 why we cannot simply stop doing the bad things (if we know they are that bad -as we do) and invest immediately at whatever it takes in cost -to start doing the good things that we know will fix the problem. Why can't we simply admit the mistake collectively and change course TODAY.? You rightly steered the interview along those lines and Zach answered honestly from his perspective, it was edifying to hear that candour and directness from you both. The question is what can we do TODAY, Tomorrow and the day after to rid the world of this profit-driven pollution and concentrate on feeding our children with clean, nutritious, life-enhancing food and water. My own question is what can Wales do? Its a country that is small enough and moody enough to be revolutionary - to create self-sufficiency using regenerative methods -to aim to feed itself healthily. If Wales committed to doing that in the next decade - and succeeded - maybe others will follow. What say you Patrick /Zach?
Sorely needed podcast
Brilliant podcast with eloquent experts on a topic which urgently needs addressing.
Urgent, relevant podcast
Patrick asks the questions we need answers to. The guests are uniformly fascinating. An urgent and important listen.