EurSafe 2022:
Transforming Food Systems
September 7 – 10 2022

How can we address global scale problems by local scale action?

What should be the role of the industry, the farmer and the citizen?

Transforming food systems is the theme of the 2022 conference of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EURSAFE), organised jointly by the School of Social and Political Science and the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems of the University of Edinburgh, and the independent ethical consultancy Edinethics Ltd. 

Feeding the world’s growing population in ways that are effective, ethical and socially just, and protect the natural systems on which all life depends, is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The vulnerability of our interlinked human systems to external impacts has been brought home by the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change poses deeper longer term threats. Despite advances in technology, communications and much else, over a third of the global population remains affected by malnutrition.

Reconfiguring the world’s economies for a net zero carbon future presents many challenges to agriculture, not least to reduce methane emissions from food animal production. Demands on natural systems and resources are at an all-time high, and call for greater efficiency of production. But at the same time, many are calling for a different ethical model of agriculture that reflects values of ecology, locality, biodiversity and human community.

  • How can we address global scale problems by local scale action?
  • What should be the role of the industry, the farmer and the citizen?

Confirmed speakers

  • Welcome by Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Scotland.

Our keynote speakers:

  • Professor Lotte Holm, Consumption, Bioethics and Governance, University of Copenhagen
  • Dr Simone van der Burg, Innovation and risk management and information governance, Wageningen University
  • Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Director Roslin Institute, Professor of Animal Biotechnology and member of Nuffield Council Working Group on Genome editing and farmed animals

Panel session on ‘Transforming the Food System’ featuring:

  • Joe Bailey, RSPCA Assured
  • Caroline Drummond MBE, Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)
  • David Finlay, The Ethical Dairy
  • Anne-Marie Neeteson, Aviagen

You can read more about all the speakers and panellists on the speakers page.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh to engage with us on how we meet these multiple challenges. We are pleased to announce that the conference will be fully face-to-face (please note therefore that we are not able to offer hybrid or online attendance).

Registration is now open. ‘Early bird’ registration rates are available until midnight 22 May.

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We are grateful for generous sponsorship from Aviagen plc, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Food Researchers in Edinburgh (FRIED)