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The Earth Convention

What we eat and why it matters

Wednesday 17 February, 18:00 – 19:00

This fourth session in the Earth Convention chaired by Baroness Rosie Boycott, explores the huge global impact of the food system on the environment and climate change – and indeed on human health. Food production is responsible for a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming, according to a recent study from Oxford University. However, the environmental impact of different foods varies hugely. One of the most powerful things that we, as individuals, can do to reduce our emissions is change what we eat. And it is increasingly recognised that we cannot achieve our national and international climate targets without overhauling the food system.


In this session we examine a range of issues with leading experts and innovators who are charting the way forward from what has been exposed about the global food system by the coronavirus crisis to what constitutes sustainable eating? How are food producers changing and what policy innovations can make a difference?


  • Professor Tim Benton – Director of Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House
  • Anthony Warner – blogger known as “The Angry Chef” and author of Ending Hunger: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It
  • Dr Geeta Sethi – Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems at the World Bank
  • Tristram Stuart – food campaigner, founder of Toast Ale, TED Speaker, and author of The Global Food Waste Scandal

Register here putting Louise Willows as your Rathbones contact.