The All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology
has much pleasure in inviting you to its launch meeting
on Tuesday, February 15 2011
from 3.00 -- 4.00pm
in the Grand Committee Room
“FARMING IN THE AGE OF ECOLOGY”
speakers: Dame Ellen MacArthur & Colin Tudge
Public Entrance -- St Stephens
The Grand Committee Room is off Westminster Hall
Please allow 10 to 15 minutes to get through security
3.00pm Welcome and Introductions -- Baroness Sue Miller and Robert Flello, MP
3.05pm Dame Ellen MacArthur -- “Re-thinking the Future”
3.25pm Colin Tudge -- “Good Food for Everyone for Ever”
3.35pm Questions and discussion
4.00pm ‘Networking’ Opportunity (until 4.30pm)
Dame Ellen MacArthur first hit the headlines in 2001 when she raced single-handedly non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe when only 24 years old. After 94 days at sea, Ellen returned to a different life, she had come second in one of the hardest races in offshore sailing and the response was massive. After a successful run in the monohull Open 60 class, Ellen turned her attention to the multihull circuit. In November 2004, Ellen set off from Falmouth, UK on board the 75ft trimaran B&Q… she returned 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, 33 seconds later, having sailed over 26,000 miles to become the fastest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed.
She was knighted by the Queen in 2005 and has received the Legion d'Honneur from French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. She is a founder of the Ellen MacArthur Trust, set up in 2003, a charity which takes young people aged between 8-13 sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illnesses.
Ellen founded the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2009 following three years of research into ways of communicating sustainability and having spent time working with local and national government and in industry on Eon and BT’s Corporate Social Responsibility boards. The Foundation aims to equip young people for work in a world of increasingly limited resources and inspire them to re-think and re-design their future.
Colin Tudge is a biologist by education and a writer by profession, with published books on evolution, genetics, phylogeny, trees and birds. He also has a lifetime’s interest in food and agriculture, and in particular in the technologies and economic and social structures that are needed to feed everyone forever without wrecking the rest of the world. This was first outlined in his first book, The Famine Business, in the mid 1970s. In So Shall We Reap, in 2003, he invoked the phrase “Enlightened Agriculture” and developed this further in Feeding People is Easy. In 2009 together with his wife, Ruth, he founded the Campaign for Real Farming which led to the College for Enlightened Agriculture. In 2010, Colin and Ruth launched the Oxford Real Farming Conference with Graham Harvey.