Webinar success for WUC Regenerative & Circular Society

April 2021

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The WUC Regenerative and Circular Society has celebrated a successful first event.

'2050: The Future of Food' was held was Tuesday 20th April. The webinar attracted visitors with an interest in regenerative agriculture and sustainable production.

Panel members highlighted challenges faced by the agriculture sector and described the importance of access to affordable, nutritionally-dense food.

The event was organised by BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems) students Lucy Rodriguez-Laranjo and Rebecca Milgrom.

Lucy said: "Bec and I came to Writtle University College last autumn expressly because of its Regenerative Systems course. Regenerative agriculture works with nature rather than against it and, in so doing, increases soil health, biodiversity, air and water quality and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere."

She added: "This webinar is a result of our studies on global and local food systems and the principles of sustainable development. How to feed a rapidly growing global population without killing the planet is one of the greatest global challenges."

"How we eat, what we eat, where we buy it from, how much we waste and what food costs may all have to change radically if we are to feed 10 billion equitably with good, nutrient-dense food in 2050, and that affects every single one of us."

The panel members shared their considerable experience within the sectors of sustainability and agri-food. Peter Hobson is the Professor of Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainability at WUC and Co-Director of the Centre for Econics & Ecosystem Management.

He said: "How to feed a population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, while keeping within 1.5 degrees warming levels, and preventing biodiversity extinction is the greatest challenge facing humanity. There is no choice other than to transition our food systems to environmentally sustainable practices. To fail in this endeavour would come with an unimaginable cost to people and the planet."   

Other panel members included George Young and Sinead Fenton.

George, also known as Farming George, is one of the UK's leading regenerative pioneers, based at Fobbing Farm, South Essex, and is advising Writtle's farm regarding its regenerative practices.

Sinead, from Aweside Farm in East Sussex, runs a 4.5 acre regenerative vegan farm, and has been featured in the national press as one of a growing number of female farmers.

WUC Regenerative and Circular Society was pleased by the high level of attendance and thanked experts and guests for their participation. The webinar was the first to be created by the society since recent launch in Spring 2021. It will be followed by further events throughout the year. WUC students with an interest in joining the society are invited to contact the Student Union.

For more information on Writtle University College's BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems) course, go to https://writtle.ac.uk/BSc-(Hons)-Agriculture-(Regenerative-Systems)