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Should City go meat-free?


Panel Discussions

Public, Staff, Students, Alumni

Series: Global Goals Week

Series: This event is part of Global Goals Week

Speakers: Professor Tim Lang, Dr Ros Gray, Ana Svab, Clare Oxborrow, Dr Rosalind Sharpe

Both the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths, University of London have taken drastic steps to reduce their carbon emissions: they’ve take red meat off the menu. Scientists have said that beef and lamb produce the most farm greenhouse gases and have argued that the number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced to help combat climate change.

Join our lunchtime panel to debate whether City should follow suit and remove all beef and lamb from their menus.

On the panel

Professor Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy at City, University of London

Tim Lang found the Centre for Food Policy in 1994 and has been Professor of Food Policy at the Centre since 2002. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s, which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For 40 years, he’s engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the environment, health, social justice and citizens.  He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation, FAO and UNEP. He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries and was a Commissioner on the UK Government's Sustainable Development Commission. He was also on the Council of Food Policy Advisors to the Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and is a member of the Mayor of London's Food Board.

He and the Centre for Food Policy at City University London work closely with scientific and civil society organisations, the latter in the UK notably through the Food Research Collaboration, Sustain, the UK Food Group (of development NGOs), and Food & Climate Research Network (Oxford University). He has been Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (since 1999) and President of Garden Organic (since 2008) and is special advisor to the Food Research Collaboration on Food and Brexit.

He was elected Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2001, and Fellow by Distinction in 2014. He was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Cooks (City of London) in 2016. He won the BBC R4 Derek Cooper award in 2004, The Observer Lifetime Achievement award in 2007, and the Raymond Blanc Sustainability Hero award in 2018.

Dr Ros Gray

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Critical Studies) in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London

Since 2015, Ros has acted as the Coordinator of the Goldsmiths Allotment, which, as well as providing a space for plant cultivation for staff and students, is a platform for seasonal cultural events, workshops on aspects of sustainable gardening and plant breeding, and a space for meditation and developing thinking around forms of ‘care’ in the context of an educational institution. She is currently developing a new MA in Art and Ecology, which will launch in 2021, and she lectures across a number of BA, MA and research programmes on artistic practice and ecology. She was chair of the Environment and Sustainability Working Group at Goldsmiths. In 2018, she and Jason Hickel initiated a student and staff-led campaign for a Green New Deal for Goldsmiths, which was adopted as policy in 2019 by Goldsmiths' incoming warden Frances Corner.

Ros Gray’s research on militant filmmaking in southern Africa has involved exploring the use of film and video in rural development, the setting up of cooperatives, and the denunciation of colonial exploitation of natural resources, as well as the representation of radical social change. This research informs her forthcoming monograph entitled Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution (James Currey, 2020). Her research interests also include soil care and botany, and Ros recently co-edited with Shela Sheikh the special issue of Third Text entitled ‘The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions’ (January 2018).

Clare Oxborrow

Senior Sustainability Analyst at Friends of the Earth, and Trustee of Eating Better

Clare Oxborrow has over 15 years’ experience working on food and farming campaigns and is passionate about great food. Her role within Friends of the Earth’s Policy and Insight unit focusses on sustainable diets. Recently this has included setting up a loyalty scheme with Portsmouth University to encourage students to embrace lower meat diets. Clare helped found, and is a trustee of, Eating Better - an alliance of over 60 organisations and partner networks working to help more people eat less and better meat. She also led Friends of the Earth’s Food Chain and GM Campaigns, and she has worked with organisations and community groups in Paraguay on the impacts of soy production. Follow her on twitter @clareyox

Ana Svab

Corporate Responsibility Manager at Sodexo

Ana has been working in Corporate Responsibility for over a decade, supporting companies on their journey towards becoming a responsible business. She joined Sodexo in 2017 and is working to implement Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow 2025 CR roadmap across the UK & Ireland business, as well as supporting clients with their individual needs and aspirations.

Ana holds a Master’s Degree in Politics and Security from UCL. She is a school Governor at Osmani Primary School in London, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.

Saqlain Riaz

Vice President (Education at City Students’ Union)

Saqlain is a recent graduate of Economics from City, University of London, and is the lead student sabbatical officer on educational policy development and general academic affairs. Saqlain is amongst one of the main voices of City’s 19,000+ students, and engages in a range of discussions across the university on contemporary student concerns. More recently, the student officers have been gearing up for their joint sustainability campaign, going off of the university and union’s joint commitment to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Saqlain derives much of his belief in sustainability from his Muslim faith, and enjoys debating the different definitions and views taken on by the student body. Outside of his work he is a member of the Army reserve and enjoys partaking in outdoor activities.

Dr Rosalind Sharpe (Chair)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London

Rosalind Sharpe is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, and works for the Food Research Collaboration which aims to build constructive links between academics and campaign groups working towards more equitable, healthy and environmentally sustainable food systems.

Her research has focused on the sustainability of food systems, especially the social aspects of sustainability, and on the implications of the fact that so much of our food is produced by businesses or corporations. In the past, she has worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Food Policy, as a researcher at the New Economics Foundation, and as a food poverty project officer at the campaign group Sustain. Her first degree, from Somerville College, Oxford, was in English, and she spent the first part of her career working as an editor and journalist in England and Canada.

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When and where

1.05pm - 1.55pmTuesday 5th November 2019

BLG07 City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom