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Deborah Meaden to join our CEO at Oxford Literary Festival

News Section Icon Published 11/08/2022

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Businesswoman and BBC Dragons' Den investor, Deborah Meaden, will join our Global CEO, Philip Lymbery, at the Oxford Literary Festival to discuss the issues raised in his powerful new book, Sixty Harvests Left.

The environmental campaigner, who is also one of our Patrons, will take to the stage with Philip to discuss how we can survive the 21st century in the face of a threat to humanity as big as climate change – factory farming.

From pasture to plate

The event – which will take place at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, at 6pm on Friday 16th September – is part of a series called ‘Pasture to Plate’ that looks at the environmental and health benefits of raising food on pasture and getting it to the consumer quickly through a short supply chain.

Sixty Harvests Left, which is due to be released on 18th August, takes its title from a United Nations warning that the world’s soils could be gone within a lifetime. Philip argues that the food industry is threatening our world and without soil there will be no food. He challenges us to think about what we buy and eat and its impact on climate change.

The book also showcases the work of the pioneers bringing soil back to life and helping wildlife, farmed animals and people to thrive through regenerative farming. All proceeds from the book go towards our work improving farmed animal welfare across the globe.

‘Reads like a thriller’

The chilling title is the red flag; the contents, however, lay out all the remedies to save the planet and its species, including ours, and make for absorbing and sometimes terrifying reading,” says our Patron, Dame Joanna Lumley.

Minutely researched, and written for laymen as well as experts, Sixty Harvests Left reads like a thriller. It deserves to be read worldwide and acted upon immediately. I cannot recommend it highly enough,” she adds.

Best-selling author, Sir Michael Morpurgo, says, “Powerful, purposeful and persuasive. Read Philip Lymbery’s book and we know what has to be done. It’s simple really, look after the land, farm it sensitively, tread softly on this earth and all can still be well. We need to transform ourselves rapidly. This book is transformative. We must read, mark and learn, fast.” 

Tickets to attend this special event are available from the Oxford Literary Festival and are priced £7 - £12.50.

Read more about Sixty Harvests Left.


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