This conference will address one of the most important barriers preventing sustainable food systems from becoming mainstream – the absence of pricing that reflects the true cost of production – True Cost Accounting.
At present, food producers are not financially accountable for their impacts on environmental and public health, which means that the polluter doesn’t pay, and those that are making food sustainably are not rewarded for positive outcomes.
Bringing together experts from across food and agriculture, including leading economic thinkers, researchers, policy-makers and food-companies, this event presents a unique opportunity to discuss the development of a new economic model for a sustainable future.
Our panel of international speakers will explore how to identify and price these external costs, and develop the policy mechanisms required to drive the change that is needed.
Thursday 5th December 2013
Pre-conference reception – Join some of the world’s experts on True Cost Accounting for a convivial evening of local, seasonal food and drink, prepared by an exceptional team of British chefs.
Friday 6th December 2013
Hear Pavan Sukhdev, Professor Jules Pretty and leading world authorities on costing externalities, speak about the urgent need to extend this discipline to food and farming.
Learn about the economic impact of applying these principles from international case studies of existing examples – including New Economics Foundation, Helmy Abouleish from Sekem, and others
Chief Executives from leading conservation organizations, including RSPB and Conservation International, will discuss how the adoption of True Cost Accounting can support the protection of biodiversity.
The BBC’s feared inquisitor and interviewer, John Humphrys, will challenge our speakers on the viability of their ideas in a ‘Question Time’ style debate, with audience participation.