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Extinction and Livestock Conference: the impact of livestock production on the future of life on Earth

News Section Icon Published 27/07/2017

Are you involved or interested in issues relating to food? Then join us at our Extinction & Livestock conference where we will explore how we can transform our global food and farming systems to work better for people, the planet and animals.

Compassion in World Farming and WWF will be hosting the conference on 5/6 October 2017, which will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London - you can find full programme details here.

Our exciting programme will examine the destructive effects of livestock production on the environment, animals and people, and highlight case studies showing how major food companies and farmers are moving towards more sustainable food production. The conference will also showcase some international food business trendsetters in protein diversification.

Networking, debate and discussion have been built into the programme to stimulate ideas and hear practical contributions from all delegates.

Bringing together diverse interests – such as food business, conservation, the UN SDGs, agriculture, land and water use, environment, climate change, forests, ethics, food policy, production and security – the event will act as a catalyst for future collaboration and solution development.

Confirmed speakers include: Neil Barrett, Group Vice President, Sustainable Development, Sodexo; Cheryl Queen (Vice President Communication & Corporate Affairs, Compass Group, North America); Jim Perdue (Chairman, Perdue Farms); Karl Falkenberg (Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development, the European Commission); Seth Goldman, Executive Chair of Beyond Meat; and Kevin Brennan, CEO of Quorn – to name but a few.

For further information, to view the programme and to register please visit:

Tickets are limited so register now if you wish to attend.

Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming’s CEO said: “Intensive farming causes immense harm to wildlife, people and the environment and is one of the biggest drivers of species extinction and biodiversity loss on the planet.

"Precious natural resources are being depleted, and rising food prices and volatility are evident as the inputs upon which our system depends show their fragility. The more we understand and account for these externalities, the more strongly the case for a different food and farming system is made.

“We need a food revolution and industry has the power and influence to create a more sustainable, humane food system which is fit for the 21st century.

“The Extinction and Livestock Conference will bring together people, organisations and businesses from all over the world to play their part in shaping the solutions that we so desperately need, and I would urge anyone with a professional or personal interest in food, wildlife, farming, the environment or human health to join us in this vital process.”

Glyn Davies, WWF’s Executive Director of Global Programmes, said: “The decline of species is reaching a critical point, and we cannot ignore the role of unsustainable livestock production.

“If nature is to recover, we need to work together and encourage sustainable farming systems which will limit pollution, reduce habitat loss and restore species numbers. The Extinction and Livestock conference is a launch pad for action on this global issue.”


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