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Climate-friendly food and plant-based farming centre of new green conference

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Transitioning to plant-based organic farming in order to tackle the climate crisis will be the focus of next month’s Grow Green conference.

A two-day online conference will see policymakers, academics, farmers and producers discuss climate-friendly food and plant-based farming next month.

The Grow Green conference, which looks at food and farming systems for a climate-friendly future, will see experts share the latest science on the benefits of transitioning to plant-based agriculture on June 1 and 2.

Among those speaking at the event are Nick Jacobs, director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, Dr Helen Harwatt, senior research fellow at Chatham House, Member of the European Parliament including Tilly Metz, Eleanora Evi and Francisco Guerreiro, and organic growers and farmers from across Europe.

The conference is building upon its last event, back in 2019. It will see attendees discuss policies to accelerate a transition to sustainable farming and highlight plant-based organic farming as a major solution for Europe’s food system.

Apart from promoting plant-based organic agriculture and discuss policies favouring it, the Grow Green conference also aims to increase awareness among policymakers about the impact of animal agriculture and demonstrate the economic viability as well as the benefits of such farming for retailers and manufacturers.

The conference is set to be attended by MEPs, representatives from EU governments and institutions, think tanks, NGOs, agricultural organisations, farmers, food industry representatives and more.

Speakers will touch upon the role of food and farming in tackling the climate crisis. This will include proposals for changes in European agriculture policy to support a transition to plant-based farming via talks and panel debates.

The Grow Green conference is sponsored by The Vegan Society’s Grow Green campaign and organised by Safe Food Advocacy Europe and its partners. It’s also supported by the Life Programme of the European Commission.

Louise Davies, CEO of The Vegan Society, said: “A transition to sustainable agriculture and food production is desperately needed in response to the current environmental and climate crisis, and a shift away from animal agriculture towards plant-based farming is an important part of the solution. We’re delighted to be supporting this hugely important event and hope the science and evidence will be heard with an open mind by European decision-makers.”

Anay Mridul
Anay is the managing editor of The Vegan Review. A journalism graduate from City, University of London, he was a barista for three years, and never shuts up about coffee. He's passionate about coffee, plant-based milk, cooking, eating, veganism, writing about all that, profiling people, and the Oxford Comma. Originally from India, he went vegan in 2020, after attempting (and failing) Veganuary. He believes being environmentally conscious is a basic responsibility, and veganism is the best thing you can do to battle climate change. He gets lost at Whole Foods sometimes.