"Beef, Bread and Water:
Ethical food in a warm and thirsty world"
Compassion in World Farming Peter Roberts Memorial Lecture 2010
20 September 2010
Compassion in World Farming’s 2010 lecture addresses some of the key crises facing the world: climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity and their direct links to farm animal welfare.
- What should we eat?
- Is organic food best?
- How much water do we use to produce a kilo of beef or chicken?
- How can we achieve equitable food distribution?
Bringing together some of the most exciting experts on the environment, food security and animal welfare, our lecture will offer not only answers to these questions, but positive solutions for animals, people and the planet.
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Monday 20 September, 2010
Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
18:45 Registration and drinks - 19:30 Lecture, followed by discussion panel - 21:30 Drinks
Dr Samuel Jutzi
Director, Animal Production and Health Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO)
"The rapidly growing global demand for meat, milk and eggs can be met in an environmentally sustainable way only if the related growth in commercial animal production is scaled to the capacity of the land to absorb nutrients and if the increasingly scarce natural resources are used as efficiently as possible, without compromising animal welfare."
Prof. Arjen Hoekstra
Creator of the water footprint concept
"If people consider reducing their water footprint, they are advised to look critically at their diet rather than at their water use in the kitchen, bathroom and garden."
Arjen Hoekstra is a world-renowned expert on the water usage or ‘water footprint’ of the food we eat. He is co-founder and scientific director of the Water Footprint Network, set up in 2008. He established the interdisciplinary field of water footprint and virtual water trade analysis, a research field addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade.
His publications include the books Perspectives on Water (International Books, 1998) and Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
Chief Executive, Compassion in World Farming
"A recent groundswell of scientific research, public policy and public opinion is steadily moving away from the old regime of factory farming with all of its negative consequences, toward a positive future in which the world is fed with humane and healthy food, while protecting the environment. As always, the choice is ours.”
Inspirational leader and campaigner Philip Lymbery is Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming. His portfolio includes heading the successful European campaign to ban barren battery cages and a major role in the award-winning campaign in 1994-96 to ban live animal exports.
Philip’s sights are firmly set on ending factory farming by 2050 and ensuring global food security through humane and sustainable agriculture. Philip has also developed the concept of the “Welfare Potential” of different farming systems, launched at the conference The Importance of Animal Welfare Science to Sustainable Agriculture, held in Beijing 2008.
Dr. Kate Rawles
Senior lecturer, University of Cumbria and ‘outdoor philosopher’
"We are missing a key dimension in our model to re-structure and create sustainable food systems into the future: that key dimension is animal welfare."
Bio-ethics expert Kate Rawles combines her expertise in environmental ethics with a passion for environmental and social change. She lectures and writes on a range of environmental and animal welfare issues, with a focus on values and sustainable development. In 2006, Kate undertook the 4500 mile bike ride along the spine of the Rockies to explore North American responses to climate change. She is currently finishing The Carbon Cycle - crossing the Great Divide based on this journey.
She leads courses for Forum for the Future, is a member of the Food Ethics Council and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Our chair for the evening is John Parker
Globalisation Editor of The Economist
He writes about social aspects of globalisation — such as demography, poverty and food.
John Parker has spent most of his career at The Economist, divided more or less equally between being a foreign correspondent and doing editorial jobs in London. In the first category, he has been The Economist’s bureau chief in New York, Moscow (1989-93), Washington (1998-2005) and Brussels (2005-08). In the second category, he has edited the Europe, Business and Books and Arts sections. Escaping briefly, he worked as features editor for the Financial Times in 1995-98.
About Compassion and the Peter Roberts Memorial Lecture
Compassion in World Farming is the leading charity working internationally to advance the welfare of farm animals and to achieve a vibrant rural economy based on humane and environmentally sustainable farming methods. Founded in 1967 by dairy farmer Peter Roberts, Compassion co-ordinates a European Coalition and has offices and representatives in four continents. Compassion engages positively with farmers and the food industry, rewarding good practice, and has developed innovative resources on Good Agricultural Practice in Animal Welfare. We have a wide range of publications on farm animal welfare and the impacts of industrial livestock farming.
About the Peter Roberts Memorial Lecture
The annual Lecture is named in honour of Compassion’s farmer founder, Peter Roberts. Working to promote humane and sustainable methods of animal farming, we invite global experts to address the issues within animal agriculture. Details of previous lectures are below.
More information on animal agriculture, climate change and sustainability
- Eating the Planet: Feeding and fuelling the world sustainably, fairly and humanely
Compassion in World Farming and Friends of the Earth UK, 2009
Report presenting specially-commissioned research which shows that it is possible to provide adequate food for the world using humane and sustainable farming methods. Moreover, a reduction in meat and dairy consumption in wealthier countries would greatly expand our options for a more equitable global food supply.
- Beyond Factory Farming: Sustainable solutions for animals, people and the planet
Compassion in World Farming, 2009
Outlines the environmental and economic factors that will impact global animal production this century, including climate change, the availability of natural resources and the rapidly growing world population. The report shows how more extensive, humane livestock farming and responsible meat consumption can benefit the environment and mitigate climate change.
- Global Warning: Climate change and farm animal welfare ( 330.64KB)
Compassion in World Farming 2009
Report presenting the scientific evidence showing the impact of high-income countries' unsustainable over-production and over-consumption of animal products on the environment, on the welfare of farm animals, and on human health. Suggests the positive solution of a planned and well-managed reduction in meat and dairy consumption in high-income countries.
- Sustainable Agriculture ( 975.28KB)
Compassion in World Farming, 2008
Sustainable Agriculture looks at the necessary criteria for animal agriculture to be humane and sustainable for animals, people and the planet.
- Eat less meat – It’s costing the Earth
Compassion in World Farming, 2004
This excellent short film outlines the effect of the modern massive global scale of meat production and consumption on the environment, world poverty, human health and the welfare of animals. It argues for a more moderate consumption of meat, and for that meat to be produced using humane and sustainable production methods.