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The Vegan Society on Saturday
Vegan Organic Network on Sunday

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Saturday

12:00

Climate Crisis: the need for a plant-based future

Tim Thorpe

Tim will talk about the impact of animal agriculture and the role of land-use change in the climate crisis. He’ll discuss the barriers that must be overcome to transition UK farming towards a plant-based system, and how The Vegan Society is helping to address these through its campaigns and policy work.

Tim Thorpe

1:00

Transforming our food system: Power, paradigms and people

Dr Laila Kassam

Our global food system is a key driver of injustice and unsustainability. Challenges such as hunger and climate and ecological breakdown are all connected. This talk will explore these connections by looking at where power lies in the food system. It will share lessons from alternative agriculture paradigms on how to address these challenges. It will then suggest ways we can harness the power of people and social movements to create a food system that is sustainable and just for all.

Dr Laila Kassam

2:00

Catering for Everyone - how public procurement can help mitigate the climate crisis

Sabrina Ahmed

Sabrina will be discussing how the public sector has a role to play in encouraging healthy and sustainable diets, to help build familiarity with sustainable plant-based food. She will be discussing The Vegan Society’s Catering for Everyone campaign and the progress that has been made towards ensuring vegan food on every public sector menu, with practical insights for campaigners and lobbyists to help support the campaign, drawing on successes in Portugal and California.

Sabrina Ahmed

3:00

Policies to promote plant-based diets: advocacy for change

Alexandra Clark

In this talk, Alexandra will draw on her experience in the world of politics and share her knowledge of of how to influence political dialogue. Find out what effective policies would look like, and how we can promote them to politicians.

Alexandra Clark

4:00

Eating away at negative emissions

Dr Helen Harwatt

Nearly a third of the UK is grazed pasture land, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Helen will talk about her research into converting pasture land to native woodland, and the huge opportunity this could bring for capturing carbon as part of our response to the climate crisis.

Dr Helen Harwatt

Sunday

11:00

The Super Organic Gardener: Everything You Need to Know About a Vegan Garden

Matthew Appleby

Matthew Appleby, author of Super Organic Gardener Everything You Need to Know About a Vegan Garden (Pen & Sword 2019), will be speaking about the impact the book has made nationally on vegan gardening.

Matthew Appleby

12:00

Getting started in Veganic Growing

Jon Dale

Jon will be sharing his journey into Veganic growing for health and wellbeing and giving you tips on creating your own an abundant garden.

Jon Dale

1:00

Vegan Organics Kent, the story of an emerging veganic agroforestry project and farm in East Kent

Jo Kidd

Jo Kidd tells the story of Vegan Organics Kent, an emerging veganic agroforestry project and farm in East Kent: learning as we do – from social entrepreneurs and campaigners to veganic growers and food forest enthusiasts!

Jo Kidd

2:00

Grow Beyond Greggs - an introduction to Vegan Permaculture

Graham Burnett

Ecological Veganism is about more than plant-based sausage rolls when these are still part of the corporate global food production system, causing soil degradation, global inequality and contributing to climate change. What food solutions offer futures that care for the Earth, care for People and are truly fair for all?

Graham Burnett

3:00

Veganic Gardening Advice Panel

Graham Burnett, Jo Kidd, Jon Dale, Matthew Appleby, Tony Martin

Looking for some expert advice to help with your garden or growing project?

Whether you have a gardening problem or just need some gardening information, our panel of experts will answer any questions you have.

Panel includes

  • Graham Burnett: Permaculture Guru and author
  • Jo Kidd: co-founder of Vegan Organics Kent
  • Jon Dale: experienced allotment grower
  • Matthew Appleby: author of Super Organic Gardener
  • Tony Martin: Editor of Growing Green International

Graham Burnett

Jo Kidd

Jon Dale

Matthew Appleby

Tony Martin

4:00

What is the difference between Organic and Veganic?

Tony Martin

You don’t eat blood, bones, ground up fish etc , so why would you grow your food in them? Find out more about growing the Veganic way from Tony Martin, Editor of Growing Green International, the magazine of the Vegan Organic Network.

Tony Martin