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World-class speakers for major food systems event announced

News | Published  7 November 2022

Ecologist and author, Carl Safina; scholar and activist, Dr Vandana Shiva; Director at the Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London, Professor Corinna Hawkes; writer, activist and academic, Professor Raj Patel; and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Olivier De Schutter, among top speakers announced.

Eating Better alliance member Compassion in World Farming are hosting the Extinction or Regeneration Conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London on 11th and 12th May 2023.

Business leaders, NGOs, experts and policy makers are being urged to join world-class speakers – including naturalist Carl Safina, bestselling author and filmmaker Professor Raj Patel and social activist Dr Vandana Shiva at a major international event to share solutions on how to fix our broken global food system. 

The conference will provide a platform for experts across the globe to share solutions for how we can transform our food and farming systems for better human, animal and planetary health. A whole food system approach to providing sufficient nutritious food for everyone is needed. This must remain within the safe operating space of all nine planetary boundaries whilst protecting wild and domestic animals and restoring soils, oceans, forests and biodiversity. 

In this age of hunger and accelerating climate and biodiversity emergencies, radical reform of the global food system is urgently needed. For example:

  • Worldwide, a shocking one third of all food produced is lost or wasted between production and consumption around the world every year.
  • More than 820 million people do not have enough to eat, while more than 1.9 billion are overweight or obese.
  • Meanwhile 36-40% of global crop calories and up to 30% of the global fish catch are used as animal feed.

The conference will see renowned experts from around the world discussing the impact of our food system on public health, biodiversity, human rights, planetary boundaries, investments, animal welfare, and much more. Delegates will be encouraged to take part in discussions and share solutions. 

Dr Vandana Shiva

Some of the world’s leading experts and scientists will be speaking at the event. These include ecologist and author Carl Safina, who runs the non-profit Safina Center in the US; world-renowned scholar, environmental activist and author Dr Vandana Shiva and bestselling author and filmmaker Professor Raj Patel.

Other notable speakers include: UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter; soil scientist and recipient of the 2020 World Food Prize Dr Rattan Lal, who is widely recognised as a pioneer in soil-centric agricultural management to improve food security and was recently appointed by President Joe Biden to the Board of the International Food and Agricultural Development; Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London; Million Belay, Founder and Co-ordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa; Nettie Wiebe, former farmer and former-president of the Canadian NFU, currently IPES-Food expert and Professor Emerita, St Andrew’s College, the University of Saskatchewan; Dr Shireen Kassam, Haematologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Kings College Hospital and leading animal welfare expert, Professor John Webster, Emeritus Professor in Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol. 

Registration for the event is now open at