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The Future of Food

On Monday 15 June, In association with Quorn Foods and the launch of World Meat Free Day, York Festival of Ideas delivers a series of workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions to address issues related to food security, food sustainability, climate change, food and health and feeding a growing planetary population.

The Festival of Ideas is supporting World Meat Free Day on Monday 15 June. Make a difference to our planet and give up meat just for one day. To sign up and support the campaign go to World Meat Free Day website.

Please note that Quorn: Food out of the kitchen scheduled to take place on Monday 15 June has been cancelled.

3.00pm - 4.30pm

The Future of Food: The ticking time bomb

Reflections on Quorn and an introduction to Meat Free Monday by Kevin Brennan, Quorn.

Keynote address by Tara Garnett, Food Climate Research Network.

Followed by a panel discussion with:                      

  • Christopher Ritson from the Food Ethics Council
  • Joyce D'Silva, Ambassador of Compassion in World Farming
  • Tara Garnett, Food and Climate Research Network
  • Professor Sue Hartley, University of York


4.45pm - 6.30pm

You Are What You Eat

Keynote address by Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Tim Spector, King’s College London
  • Paul Gateley, Leeds Beckett University
  • Nick Hex, Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium

Chair: Sue Hartley, University of York

The session will conclude with three minute presentations by three research finalists from the Quorn researcher knowledge exchange competition.

7.00pm - 8.30pm

Let’s Talk About Meat

Keynote address by Sue Dibb, Eating Better: for a fair, green, healthy future

Followed by panel discussion with:

  • Sue Dibb, Eating Better Alliance
  • Geoff Tansey, Chair of the Fabian Commission on Food Poverty and member of the Guild of Food Writers
  • Alex Renton, campaigning journalist and food writer
  • John Marren, CEO Community Shop and Company Shop, Doncaster

Chair: Kevin Brennan, Quorn Foods