LEAF Annual Conference 2019

Welcome to the LEAF Annual Conference 2019, held at Barclays Headquarters in London.

11/11/19 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Welcome to LEAF's Annual Conference 2019 - live commentary. Follow here for debate, discussion and insights around the circular economy and specifically how it relates to circular agriculture. We will also be tweeting from @LEAF_Farming #LEAFconf19. Enjoy the day!

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  2. Tom Heap, our Chairman for the day, opens the conference. Talks about the need for a more circular economy. The need to strike the right balance between reducing consumption and economic growth. We need to find a new image of "a good life" - one that is not solely based on linear consumption. How agriculture will be part of this new image of a "good life" is the focus of today's conference.

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  3. Anna Taylor: Executive Director, The Food Foundation and Chief Independent Adviser to Henry Dimbleby for the development of the National Food Strategy.


    A new image of a good life is all about what the National Food Strategy is all about. Our food system is a marvel. But we lack a connection between citizens and the land. Currently we have a linear approach to food production. Global food production has increased at a faster rate than population and land use for agriculture. In the UK, we are the first generation to be more likely to die of lifestyle diseases, putting huge burden on the NHS. Very marked in deprived areas of the country. What we don't know are the accumulated costs of this crisis. We also cannot ignore issues around food security. Critical to review how we secure the food of the future.

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  4. Anna Taylor: Executive Director, The Food Foundation and Chief Independent Adviser to Henry Dimbleby for the development of the National Food Strategy.


    LEAF's work and the framework of IFM provide's a very effective foundation on which to address many of the challenges we are currently facing. The National Food Strategy is looking to engage across the food chain and indeed, Craig Livingstone from Lockerley Estate, one of the LEAF's Demonstration Farms, is involved in the development of the strategy. A new and dynamic outlook is required to re-design our food systems. Anna Taylor extends invitation to all present at the conference to engage with the national food conversations as the Strategy moves forward.

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  5. Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands:

    Dutch governments vision on the future of farming is all about driving a transition to 'circular agriculture'.


    Nature is under threat, more extreme weather patterns, few farmers entering agriculture. Transition must be made to a system of farming where nothing is wasted. Where waste is turned into new products - ie. sugar beet leaves fed to cattle. In the Netherlands, the transition to more circular agriculture. 4 key factors key to this transition:

    - Farmers get fair price for their products

    - There are good prospects for next generation of farmers

    - Consumers hold farmers in esteem and understand what is involved in food production and environmental protection

    - Netherlands to take on global lead role in circular agriculture




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  6. Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands:


    We must respect the Earth's limits -

    We must move towards a linear system to a circular system

    Reduce costs and reduce use of raw materials

    Closing nutrient cycles

    Cooperation in food production chain

    Cutting costs


    Central to this is sustainable soil management.

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  7. Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands:

    Conditions for a successful transition to a more circular agriculture model:

    Economic position of farmers

    Appreciation of food production among citizens

    Innovation and technological expertise


    Priorities:

    Ensure farmers receive fair price

    Transition backed up with research into setting of prices across supply chain

    Dispute settlement scheme for price setting

    Legal ban on unfair trading prices

    Incentive longer tenancies

    Succession fund for new entrants to industry


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  8. We're off: 180 delegates debating sustainable agriculture, circular agriculture - transforming performance in a circular economy at our @LEAF_Farming Annual Conference here @Barclays Canary Wharf  https://twitter.com/LEAF_Farming/status/1194996709191012353 
  9. @LEAF_Farming #LEAFconf19 setting the scene for new solutions for a circular economy creating the foundations for redesigning an image for a good life - a challenge from @tomheapmedia pic.twitter.com/LD9HWKMyV4
  10. Tim Heddema, Agricultural Counsellor, Embassy of the Netherlands:

    Concludes by stating that the Dutch Government very much looks forward to working in partnership with other countries to ensure the transition to more circular agriculture and in particular work together with like-minded organisations like LEAF.

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  11. “Imagine if food could speak...” @emmachow from @ellenmacarthur Foundation starts with a strong introduction to thinking urban at #LEAFconf19 hosted by @barclaysuknews pic.twitter.com/CRwFYVjsz6
  12. Emma Chow, Project LEAF, Food Initiative, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


    Food is part of today's highlight linear economy. Food is iconic example. Finite resources used to grow food in linear way creating huge levels of waste. Huge costs - consumption issues - huger, obesity, micro-nutrient issues.


    Production - soil degradation, damage to our waterways etc. We are running down our finite resources. Current system is not tackling fundamental issue.

    3 basic principles of Circular Economy:

    Design out waste pollution

    Keep production and materials in use

    Regenerative

    A system that has power to be part of the solution to our global food production challenges. by 2050, 80% of our food will be destined for cities. Cities have a huge role to play.

    Using demand power to more regenerative farming practices

    Design out waste

    Using power of design and marketing - embed holistic thinking into the design stage and layer on marketing strategies to make these productive desirable. Huge opportunities ahead.


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  13. The ⁦@LEAF_Farming⁩ conference is underway and focusing on Circular Agriculture, a key ingredient for delivery are results orientated payments for public goods according to Tim Heddema from the Dutch Embassy pic.twitter.com/707k6nJVgQ
  14. If you’d like to join our @LEAF_Farming conference virtually, follow our live link below - it’s all about “Circular Agriculture” this year. 🔵 #LEAFconf19  https://twitter.com/leaf_farming/status/1194996709191012353 
  15. Looking forward to lots of inspirational discussion around future food,farming, environment at #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/sKHoPst3jh
  16. Emma Chow, Ellen MacArthur Foundation: "Food is part of today's highlight linear economy. Food is iconic example. Finite resources used to grow food in linear way creating huge levels of waste. Huge costs - consumption issues - huger, obesity, micro-nutrient issues."#LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/BTkGwhbDxA
  17. Emma Chow, Project LEAF, Food Initiative, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


    Circular Economy is all about working in new ways, redesigning business models and thinking. All of us have a role to play in this transition. The story of food should all be about positive impact.

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  18. #PublicEngagement & communications is key: explaining sustainable farming, regenerative/circular agriculture. "We all have a part to play" @LEAF_Education @OpenFarmSunday @LEAF_Farming network #LEAFconf19
  19. Its Question Time!

    Issues discussed around:

    Cost/value/food price within Circular Economy model. Food being asked to do so much more and this needs to be reflected in the cost.

    Public positioning - will the public be willing to pay more for their food in exchange for the environmental goods and services food production delivers?

    Food waste

    Pricing mechanisms to drive change - could that be perceived to be a rather retrograde step? the right aims and aspirations have to be at the heart of delivering change. People change personal decisions - whether as farmers or consumers - we all have to make personal decisions to change behavior. How do we best deliver change - policy? price? education?

    The role of the citizens assemblies being carried out by the National Food Strategy will feed into this critical debate.

    Shortening supply chains has to be part of the Circular Economy model.

    Carbon sequestration - how farmers turn carbon reduction into economic gain - farmers need to be rewarded for the work they are doing in this area. Incentive systems need to be examined with farmers rewarded for the care, stewardship and landscape enhancement public goods that they deliver.

    The conversation/language around circular economy has to be made simpler for people to understand. Could be re-framed around 'healthy food system' - soil health, biodiversity, designing out waste.

    Influencing government policy from local activities. Movement towards localisation of supply chains. There is currently a lack of logic in supply chains. Opportunities to rewire and allow for better logic.

    The role of livestock into circular economy system - livestock production can be integrated into part of regenerative food system.



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  20. Now for Rob Collins Managing Director of @Waitrose. Will be discussing the issues around plastic pollution and how a circular economy business model can be implemented across their food and farming chain. #LEAFconf2019 Follow live:  https://leafuk.org/news-and-media/events/leaf-annual-conference-2019  pic.twitter.com/8s9mbK4Luk
  21. We’re pleased to take part in the #LEAFconf19 today - looking forward to sharing our experience and to discuss the opportunities #circulareconomy #circularfarming @LEAF_Farming  https://twitter.com/LEAF_Farming/status/1194996709191012353 
  22. Conference continues with Rob Collins, Managing Director, Waitrose&Partners

    The pursuit around sustainable agriculture is not about "if" it is about the "how" and "how fast". Not always been the case. Few people have challenged the status quo. Caroline is one of these people and owed a tremendous expression of gratitude.

    Radical thought is what is required to secure the future of life on earth. How is Waitrose responding to this challenge. Today focus is on on waste and packaging. LEAF's approach harnesses traditional approaches with the modern.

    Huge and welcome advances in agro-technology. Have to relearn and rechallenge. Everything has a value and by valuing it, we will waste less.

    IFM approach helps businesses in ways to improve enviornmental features, engage communities and build resilient businesses. This is the objective of Waitrose. All of British fruit, veg, flowers and Christmas trees bear the LEAF Marque.

    LEAF Demonstration Farms are a terrific way to accelerate progress. Waitrose farm at Leckford is one of them. Farmers are experimenting all the time. Research has to be led at a farmer level. Farmers need to be put in the driving seat of innovative research. Crucial ingredient of Waitrose's success in the close relationship with farmer suppliers. There is a close bond of trust.


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  23. Rob Collins, Managing Director, Waitrose & Partners @LEAFconf19 "LEAF Demonstration Farms are a terrific way to accelerate progress. Waitrose farm at Leckford is one of them. Farmers are experimenting all the time. Research has to be led at a farmer level." pic.twitter.com/RiQPIJ9Yxm
  24. Waitrose MD Rob Collins ⁦@LEAF_Farming⁩ is clear the argument for sustainable agriculture has been won, the question is now how fast we can deliver it pic.twitter.com/07aQNGFOk4
  25. Conference continues with Rob Collins, Managing Director, Waitrose&Partners


    Waste is a key issue.

    Over last decade Waitrose has reduced plastic packaging by 50%.

    Trialling of "Unpacked" in Oxford branch - taking produce out of packaging from fresh produce to frozen fruit, wine, beer, pasta etc. Customers have been hugely enthusiastic. Looking to roll this out further to more stores.

    Recently Waitrose, announced the removal of plastic packaging on multi-can packs.

    Waitrose goal is to make all own brand packaging widely recyclable, reusable or home-compostable by 2023.

    Pace of change is fast.

    There are exciting times. What progress can only be achieved if all of us work together. We need a common sense of common endeavour, especially in agriculture, environment and food. No better point for us all to rally around than the National Food Strategy, which has the potential to draw together all the policy threads for farming, the environment, food, health and education.

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  26. we look to three of our LEAF Demonstration Farmers Gerard Vonk @Tanpeppers, @ElvedenFarmer and Rob Kynaston Great Wollaston Farm. To discuss circular agriculture and how it is used on their farm through through Integrated Farm Management. #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/yGsFsYYrce
  27. Wonderful to hear Rob Collins, Managing Director Waitrose giving his full support for @LEAF_farming @LEAFMarque sustainable, restorative & regenerative farming - talking from the heart about his drive to reduce waste pic.twitter.com/fpxeysSrRQ
  28. Gerard Vonk from @TANpeppers talks us through the pitfalls and hurdles that they have overcome to put circular agriculture into practice at #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/MFF3WYumvG
  29. Beautiful imagery from @LEAF_Farming Demo Farm @TANpeppers at Gerard Vonk talks us through circular agriculture in practice at #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/rj6gSFZKJ3
  30. Beautiful imagery from @LEAF_Farming Demo Farm @TANpeppers as Gerard Vonk talks us through circular agriculture in practice at #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/pyZbpRPID6
  31. Sharing ideas, debating the issues and solutions with some fabulous speakers & 180 delegates here @Barclays Canary Wharf  https://twitter.com/LEAFchief/status/1195280107860045825 
  32. We're hosting the LEAF Annual Conference 2019 at Barclays today. Some great speakers lined up, exploring current thinking in farming and sustainability for the future. #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/ovx1MwjL7O
  33. Anglo-Dutch shared focus on #circularagriculture personified at the @LEAF_Farming Annual Conference: Gerard Vonk of @TANpeppers explaining best practices in avoiding and re-using waste in greenhouse horticulture. #LEAFconf19 #kringlooplandbouw pic.twitter.com/L1geMWKkjz
  34. Emma Chow of Ellen MacArthur Foundation: ‘72 per cent of land in the UK is dedicated to farmland and if 16 per cent of that was converted to agroforestry we’d become carbon net zero by 2050’ #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/dbYNv9O26E
  35. Fantastic job by @LEAF_Farming, organising a conference on #circularagriculture. Thank you for helping to take this concept forward and for having me as a speaker to present the Dutch government’s vision and plans. #kringlooplandbouw #LEAFconf19  https://twitter.com/leaf_farming/status/1195283749975609345 
  36. "Today we do the very best job we can using the best tools, people and technology available to us." "But we recognise that tomorrow we must strive to do it differently." @ElvedenFarmer at #LEAFconf2019 hosted by @BarclaysLDN pic.twitter.com/h3fHg8EpQ4
  37. Some views from the floor at #LEAFconf19: Farmers need to be compensated for environmental practices; conversation around circular food system needs to be made easier to understand; some supermarket assurance schemes standing in way of circular economy goals ie use of manure
  38. “Today we do the very best we can using the best tools, people and technology available to us. But we recognise that tomorrow we must strive to do it differently” “Anything is achievable, it’s all about mindset” Plenty to think about from @ElvedenFarmer at #LEAFConf19 pic.twitter.com/iv9y7VjSRP
  39. Three case studies from LEAF Demonstration Farmers illuminating how circular agriculture works in action on their own businesses using the framework of Integrated Farm Management.


    Gerard Vonk, Tangmere Airfield Nurseries - reusing waste products extensively in the horticulture sector. Pushing boundaries as well as making economic sense. Growers have to be vocal and bold. Cross industry collaboration and reviewing of regulations will be necessary.

    Measuring performance is key to continual improvement.

    Every industry has to play a part - government, local agencies, general public need to create demand, manufacturers, growers, farmers, researchers.


    Andrew Francis - Elveden Estate

    Solutions cannot be addressed by single sectors alone.

    Integrated Farm Management - helps us understand what we are trying to combine and why - four key pillars are the bedrock of the Elveden Farming business - people, water, soil, customers.

    Moving forward - accident, luck or structure and taking whole team together. Team involved in trials, results, feedback back on outcomes. Implement "disruptive thinking" into the Elveden Farming system - continually challenging and improving is the aim.

    Measuring success, how we compare, how financially sustainable our model is lies at the heart of how we operate at Elveden using the framework of IFM.

    2030 vision - is circular agricultre possible by 2030? Yes, through collaboration, the right mindset, financial barriers. All sectors have got to push forward.

    Robert Kynaston - Great Wollaston Farm, Shropshire

    All tied into a linear system. Take, make process, use, sell and then wasted/disposed of. Within the economics that we currently have, if it doesn't add to the bottom line then the view is that it simply doesn't matter.

    IFM was the starting point. IFM is circular - you have to look at all parts of the business and how they integrate.

    Clover in grass leys - generating nitrogen, reducing costs, without impacting on margins. Also high in protein for the cows. A traditional "rotation". Also, arable and wildbird seed mix - also takes out difficult land. IFM encourages farmers to look at their margins.

    Soils are the starting point. Farmers need to understand them. How it works and make the best use of it.

    Biodiversity - we have to leave room for biodiversity, not farm every square inch.

    Controlling GHG emissions, renewable energy, managing woodland, solar panels etc - all part of the IFM/circular agriculture approach.

    Turn the linear system into a circular one - to bend the lines and rediscover a lot of the traditional methods - we have to rediscover a new economic model.

    Potential problems which need to be addressed:

    Cost of technology

    Acceptance and knowledge of what makes a circular economy

    No growth or change of business model

    Trust data

    Is it sustainable

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  40. Great sentiments from @LEAF_Farming Demonstration farmer Robert Kynaston on why circular agriculture is vital. Speaking at #LEAFconf19 hosted by @BarclaysLDN pic.twitter.com/KuNkiS4xE9
  41. @LEAF_Farming @BarclaysLDN Interesting to hear that for his dairy farm, this move towards a circular agricultural model has actually improved the profitability of the farm. #LEAFconf19
  42. Circular economy will draw people in where linearity forces them out. We have a beautifully rich world. Let’s keep it @LEAF_Farming demo farmer Rob Kynaston wowing the crowd with simple effective methods pic.twitter.com/9r66v9SHyh
  43. @LEAF_Farming @TANpeppers When dealing with pests by IFM and predators in the glasshouses, Gerard Vonk talks about actually introducing pests to their system to ensure there is enough food for the predators to grow and proliferate #LEAFconf19
  44. Interesting day yesterday learning about people’s experiences and new ideas regarding crop mixtures with @SEAMixtureS and @LEAF_Farming We are one of six core sites in the project and excited to trial some new crop mixtures! 🌱☀️ #crops #education pic.twitter.com/fOD0U9I603
  45. Its question time again. Discussion around:

    Whether a more circular system makes economic sense

    There is so much control-ability within a closed/horticulture system - different sectors will face differing levels of control-ability.

    Regulation may need to change/be refined in order to farm in a more circular way

    All on a journey - how is "being circular" measured? Is there a point where one can truly say "I am now circular". It is all about continual improvement, there will be no end point.

    Within a closed system, it is perhaps easier to "measure" how along the "circular journey" growers are. More challenging at a field level.

    Should retailers be doing more to drive customers to the products coming from a more circular system.

    Retailers act as the glue between farmers and consumers. They have a big role to play in increasing public knowledge, trust and driving forward transparency. Transparency and a truly circular system are inextricably linked.

    Can you be circular and operate on a large scale? There are big circles ad small circles! Scale is no barrier to best practice. The key is the personal touch, its about detail, attention to detail and "taking ownership".

    New technology - to what extent do new technologies/varieties have role to play in reducing pesticide use.

    The concept of a "circular world" - tensions exist, solutions driven by planet, government, consumers, technology, regulation - we must recognise/acknowledge tension and juggle different conflicts.



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  46. Human endeavor. We should as a society be a broad church and be tolerant. We live in complex world. Powerful emerging food trends as well as traditional food production methods and we must embrace both. Being a diverse nation is about celebrating this diversity.

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  47. LEAF Chairman Philip Wynn now sets out LEAF’s new ten-year strategic priorities up to 2031 and how these align with important global targets and building areas such as IFM, LEAF Marque, nature and landscape conservation, the circular economy and net carbon zero. #LEAFconf2019 pic.twitter.com/v1gWDFUC8N
  48. LEAF Chairman Philip Wynn launches LEAF Strategic Consultation at #LEAFconf19 - we are looking for your input:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TLRDPCC  pic.twitter.com/8r7e3eBhuU
  49. Afternoon session begins with Philip Wynn LEAF Chairman, sets out LEAF vision and core pillars of LEAF - developing knowledge and exchange, market opportunities and education and community engagement. The landscape ahead is hilly and somewhat hostile, challenging LEAF at every level.

    The scale and depth of issues we face are quite unprecedented. Steer LAF through incremental and transformation. Developing at 10 year strategy as LEAF heads towards it 30th anniversary in 2021. A strategy that is clearly aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. New approaches, reduce carbon emissions, fostering support ambition and resilience, embedding nutrition as a value to food and farming. Circular agriculture or advance IFM.

    This will mean new approaches, defining measures, forging partnerships. Demonstrate to farmers the benefits of more resilient business models. Create even deeper learning and lasting impressions to develop better understanding of food production amongst our young people.

    The opportunity for LEAF to be a facilitation in this transformational period of change for food and farming is immense.

    We want to engage as we move forward.

    LEAF Strategy (2021-2031) 6 week consultation on LEAF strategy opens today and we want to hear from everyone across the industry. The new strategic plan will be launched at next year's LEAF Annual Conference. All delegates invited to take part in the public consultation here:

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TLRDPCC pic.twitter.com/8r7e3eBhuU
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  50. Prof. Tim Benton, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Royal Institute of International Affairs


    We are all actors in the food system. We need to get to a world that we are growing different things. We have focused on calories, not nutrition.

    The paradox of productivity - we designed the food system from WW2 based on need for production. We have been good at driving down price and driving up productivity. As we have made calories more available and cheaper, we have created more food waste.

    These "costs" are rising - in other words it is "the cheaper food paradigm".

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  51. Andrew Francis @ElvedenFarmer is speaking at #LEAFconf19 today and has just mentioned the brilliant experiment he did on a CT farm visit- burying cotton underpants in different locations to look at microorganisms in the soil  https://www.johndeerefurrow.com/2018/03/09/soil-your-undies/  @LEAF_Farming @BarclaysLDN pic.twitter.com/ce0SuIs97W
  52. We're attending the @LEAF_Farming Annual Conference today, exploring themes around driving more productive and #sustainable #farming systems that can lead to cost savings, #waste prevention, #job creation and #economic and #social opps #agriculture #farmmanagement #environment pic.twitter.com/6uD8960KqO
  53. 39 per cent of UK fruit and veg is now grown by LEAF Marque-certified growers and there are 27 countries with certified businesses #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/NLhZ4mQRR6
  54. Prof. Tim Benton, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Royal Institute of International Affairs

    Our food system has to change.

    Paris agreement: 2 goals to address climate change:

    We have to change our diets in order to:

    reduce emissions and free up land

    Need to create a "business unusual approach":

    Focus on system efficiency

    Value our food

    Change diets

    More multi-functional landscapes

    Efficient food system

    More resilient food systems


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  55. Professor @timgbenton explains vicious and virtuous circles in circular agriculture at #LEAFconf19 hosted by @BarclaysLDN pic.twitter.com/9ycZr5KVin
  56. Prof. Tim Benton, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Royal Institute of International Affairs

    The Future:

    Business as usual not an option. The future is difficult to predict. Society and business models are changing fast. One of the crucial drivers in future is "trade" - difficult to predict and ambiguous.

    If we cannot rely on trade what would our agriculture look like? If driven towards less imports we will need to redesign our food system to be more self sufficient.

    Sustainable farming cannot happen in isolation from the demand side. Uk food system depends on policy, standards, economy (exchange rates) and trade.

    The world is changing fast so let us change in the right direction.

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  57. A packed panel now discussing the main topic of the day circular agriculture with the attendees. On the Panel we have Emma Chow, @LEAFChief, Paul Faulkner @Ericwalltomato, Johan Schutten @ScottishEPA and Adam White @Barclays #LEAFconf2019 pic.twitter.com/Dkz8irAWX0
  58. "We need business unusual... we must get health right... we must get diets right" #inspiring presentation - thank you Professor @timgbenton @LEAF_Farming  https://twitter.com/LEAF_Farming/status/1195347479916662786 
  59. An awesome spin class today looking at Circular Agriculture and food production @LEAF_Farming #LEAFconf19 disruptive thinking will be fueled by a disruptive climate to find radical cross sector solutions pic.twitter.com/b0F1HdrW4u
  60. Thanks so much to everyone @LEAF_Farming for a fantastic #LEAFconf19 - so much food for thought about the #circulareconomy and in particular #circularagriculture
  61. #PublicEngagement conversations are critical @OpenFarmSunday on the agenda @LEAF_Farming Annual Conference - Congratulations to all 1500 farmers who've hosted events over past 14 yrs - let's make our 15th anniversary year 7th June 2020 super special #LEAFCon2019 pic.twitter.com/b6AYuko6LS
  62. Panel Debate:

    Emma Chow (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Caroline Drummond (LEAF), Paul Faulkner (Eric Wall Ltd), Johan Schutten (SEPA) and Adam White (Barclays)

    Caroline Drummond, LEAF

    For LEAF, Integrated Farm Management has been the framework to address economic, environmental and social challenges. But it is clear that it is not enough.

    Where are the pinch points - both inputs and outputs. What is deliverable from us as an industry and linking this with food, health and education. What is the golden thread that links all these conflicting issues together.

    Paul Faulkner, Eric Wall, Ltd

    Businesses need to deliver small incremental gains - driving efficiency on class 1 production, using technology and working together to address the big issues - comment objectives and embracing new opportunities, people working together effectively throughout the supply chain then we can deliver economic and environmental sustainability.

    Johan Schutten, SEPA

    Circulating nutrients is the big focus for SEPA. Global resource of peat, will be starting to deplete and run out in 80 years time - how are we going to get our nutrients? We need to address this in partnership. Challenge everyone to address the nutrient issue by working together.

    Questions raised from conference around:

    Better nutrition into our basic ingredients. Think not in terms of commodities, but "food". The opportunity for the farming community is to deal with health and be part of the solution for delivering better health.

    Farmers are not currently incentivised for delivering "nutritious" crops.

    The National Food Strategy is a real opportunity for these conversations to start happening. People like hearing about farming stories, once we articulate our story, people trust it.

    Adam White, Barclays

    Understanding the long term future of the industry is a big focus for Barclays. Looking at issues around circularity and sustainability is part of this.

    Caroline Drummond, LEAF

    We need a new economy that recognises and rewards all the environmental goods and services that farmers deliver.




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  64. LEAF Vice-Chairman Cedric Porter now rounding up the conference and giving some final thoughts. We would like to say a big thank you to all attendees on this action-packed day. #LEAFconf2019 pic.twitter.com/rtwUfkdDjD
  65. Huge thanks for tuning into the live commentary from today's LEAF Annual Conference, to our speakers for their insights, delegates for their engagement and to our wonderful hosts, @Barclays for providing such a spectacular venue #LEAFconf19 pic.twitter.com/fgEaABx2Cv
  66. Cedric Porter, Vice Chairman of LEAF sums up the conference:

    Some of the best conferences are the ones where you learn from new people, different perspectives and all the "circles of concern". Lots to learn from the Dutch, National Food Strategy and how we can all play our part in defining what our future looks like.

    Agriculture is a key player in the pursuit of a circular economy. Good to hear from farmers on the ground about what they are doing towards circularity and trying to get better all the time, regardless of size.

    LEAF as it comes up to its 30th birthday has always been about circularity - it is defined as linking environment and farming.

    Thank you delegates, speakers, Tom Heap for his excellent chairmanship of the conference and finally to the LEAF staff.

    Urged all to get involved in the public consultation of the LEAF Strategy at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TLRDPCC pic.twitter.com/8r7e3eBhuU

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  67. Cedric Porter rounds up what has been an engaging, and lively day debating circular agriculture. A huge thank you to @BarclaysLDN for hosting us and all our speakers and attendees for making this such a great event. pic.twitter.com/0JOEsZxVpy
  68. Excellent ⁦@LEAF_Farming⁩ conference #LEAFconf19. Importance of education & delivering more sustainable food and farming - use of waste products for feeding animals and generating electricity. Open Farm Sunday welcomed almost 300k visitors to 363 farms. pic.twitter.com/vgaoOU2SQ2
  69. Huge thanks to Barclays for hosting the LEAF Annual Conference 2019.

    Thank you to all of you who have followed today's live commentary and supported LEAF during the day on social media. Speaker presentations, photographs from the day will be uploaded next week and watch out for our Circular Economy video out soon!


    Good bye and we look forward to seeing you at LEAF's upcoming events.

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  70. Thanks @LEAF_Farming for a brilliant conference today, testing current thinking and the status quo around #economics and the need for a circular #economy 👍 pic.twitter.com/gVppjO7hGQ
  71. @Alicemidmer @LEAF_Farming Thank you, I'm just the tip of the iceberg. So many people to chat to, so many talking points, never enough time
  72. @LEAF_Farming annual conference 2019 on Circular Agriculture, truly inspiring event, also catch up with old friends @timgbenton @RapeseedOilMan @LEAFchief @Alicemidmer pic.twitter.com/qhQqMcmw7P