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12 Oct 09: Fair Fare

A global transformation in food supply and consumption is placing our food security at risk. What changes need to be made to the ways we trade, process and purchase our food if everyone in the world is going to have enough wholesome food to eat? Is there genuine scope for creating food futures that embrace considerations such as ecological sustainability and social equity as well as placing good food on the table - and making money?

Fair Fare is an event for everyone working in food and farming: people who produce and process food, and people who source food - this event will be held at the Duchy College, Stoke Climsland, 12th October from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

The day features a blend of keynote speakers talking on the 'fairness agenda' in food and farming, and interactive case study sessions to enable you to discuss specific issues in more depth. The case studies represent innovative, exciting businesses in Devon and Cornwall who are working to make money whilst also addressing key contemporary concerns like carbon footprinting, working conditions, animal welfare, local sourcing, fair trade, biodiversity, education and tourism. Speakers include Catherine Mead (Lynher Dairies/ Chair Agrifood Council) who will be taking us through a typical supply chain and examining how to ensure that everyone - including farmers - gets a fair deal; David Simmons (Riviera Produce) who will be discussing their work on improving the working conditions of seasonal labour; Pammy Riggs (Providence Farm), who will take us through her efforts to improve poultry welfare; and Andrew Biss (Primrose Valley Hotel) who will challenge us on the dilemmas associated with his work to source locally.

The cost is 25 pounds including a locally sourced lunch and refreshments. Farmers with a holding number can attend for free but need to pay a 25 pound deposit. Please do come along as we would love to see you. We have timetabled in plenty of time to network and socialise and have worked to ensure an attractive lunch as well. Do please be so kind, as well, to send the flyer around your networks.

For more information call: 0845 458 7485 or email:

This event is supported by the Rural Business School and the Vocational Training Scheme (VTS). VTS is a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funded initiative.