REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE – How should food businesses engage?

The Food Ethics Council Business Forum is a group of progressive business leaders in food and farming, who meet to discuss the big issues of the day, under the Chatham House Rule. This is one of a series of events open to Business Forum members. For anyone who is not currently a member but is interested in attending, please contact

‘Regenerative agriculture’ is a term that’s starting to gain some traction, but what does it mean, how feasible is it and how should food and farming businesses embrace (or otherwise) regenerative agriculture? Join us at this Business Forum dinner meeting to explore these questions and more.

The term ‘regenerative agriculture’ was reportedly first coined by the Rodale Institute in the 1970s, but in reality many of the practices originate from traditional indigenous Black African practices. There are many different definitions and interpretations, but they tend to include working with nature and striving for positive environmental (and social) impact, rather than a ‘causing a bit less harm’ approach. As we seek to confront the climate, nature and nutrition crises, what can be done to mainstream regenerative agriculture and what role might food businesses play in supporting that?

The meeting will provide an opportunity to:

  • Assess what regenerative agriculture means to different businesses (if anything)
  • Explore who is currently showing best practice
  • Understand both what is blocking and what might enable regenerative agriculture to take off
  • Consider what a road map to wider adoption of regenerative agricultural practices might look like

Speakers will include Ian Pigott OBE, a farmer committed to combining conservation agriculture, education and environmental stewardship, founder of Farmschool, a Nuffield Scholar and  the brains behind the hugely successful Open Farm Sunday; Clive Bailye, a zerotill arable farmer from Staffordshire, founder and owner of The Farming Forum and Direct Driller Magazine, and FCCT’s Soil Farmer of the Year in 2016; and Dr Julia Wright, Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, specialising in quantum thinking for agroecology. This meeting will be chaired by Jo Lewis, Strategy & Policy Director at the Soil Association and Trustee of the Food Ethics Council.


10th March 2020
4:45 - 8:30 pm


The Zetter Townhouse
Saint John's Square

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