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Food for Life National Conference 2020

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Immediate action required to improve children’s food and address the interlinked issues of climate, health and sustainability.

Soil Association’s Food for Life National Conference 2020

Last Thursday the Food for Life National Conference took place in central London, a day rich with discussion and insight from influential leaders and pioneers from across the food and health spectrum.

The legendary Food for Life Co-founder, Jeanette Orrey MBE, opened the conference, calling for a joined-up approach to improve children’s food, whilst also addressing the interlinked issues of climate, health and sustainability. 

Henry Dimbleby MBE, Independent Lead for the National Food Strategy, who kicked off the morning's focus on local and national food strategy and the role of procurement and standards in getting the best for children's food in schools. He challenged everyone in the room to participate in the National Food Strategy and be a part of the conversation about what we want our future food system to look like.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was our energising afternoon guest speaker, sharing his thoughts about the top priorities for the future of children's food and leading a passionate discussion with panellists including Sharon Hodgson MP.

Thought-provoking debates focused on food procurement and successes and threats to children’s food shaped discussions throughout the day, with headline panellists including Sue Pritchard, Director of The RSA Food, Farming & Countryside Commission, Line Rise Nielsen, Food Policy Director from Copenhagen Food System Centre and Shadow Minister for Public Health Sharon Hodgson MP.

Encapsulating the essence of the conference and the key outcomes, James Cashmore, Deputy CEO of Soil Association said:

“Everything we’ve heard today, from across the entire spectrum of the food system, has reaffirmed the urgency with which we need to act on children’s food.  This is the year of climate, nature and health, and of joining the dots between these inter-connected crises that have food sitting at their very heart.”

Interactive voting sessions captured united the audience of 150 senior decision-makers in public health, education and local government standing united on certain key topics:

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Food for Life took the opportunity to celebrate the ongoing, positive work happening in Food for Life schools across the country. This year, the inaugural Peter Melchett Award was presented to Blackawton Primary School in Totnes. Find out more about the award here.

Get in touch

If you would like to continue a discussion or would like any further information on Food for Life, or to find out how Food for Life can support your work please contact:

Ian Nutt, Head of Development, Food for Life Tel: 07917 671 416

Florence Todd Fordham, Regional Development Manager, Food for Life Tel: 0117 314 5051