Oxford Real Farming Conference
Last week we again went down to the annual Oxford Real Farming Conference –the inspiring and ever-growing gathering of the UK food movement, with this year, interestingly, a Q&A with Michael Gove. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs held a very encouraging discourse. However, his tone was rather different across the street at the Oxford Farming Conference in front of all the big farmers and agro-industry – as discussed by Natalie Bennett here.
There was a good delegation from Scotland too, and Pete Ritchie hosted a session on the up-coming Good Food Nation Bill, asking participants from across the UK what they would want to see in the Bill. Ideas raised included statutory “local food policy councils” and true cost accounting for food. All the session recordings will be made available on the conference website soon – highly recommended for those who couldn’t make it down! (Time for a Scottish version soon?!)