Top food figures join in major food debate – Fishupdate.com

Top food figures join in major food debate Published:  12 January, 2007

Peter Melchett

INFLUENTIAL figures from the world of food and drink will debate a range of high-profile, food-related issues at a lecture sponsored by the Food Standards Agency.

The 2007 City Food Lecture, now in its seventh year, will take place on Tuesday, January 23 at London’s Guildhall.

The event has become a ‘must attend’ item in the food industry calendar and was launched in 2000 by City Livery Companies – the Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Farmers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters.

The keynote speech at this year’s event will be given by Peter Melchett of the Soil Association. He will speak on food and values – the organic future. His lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

The panellists are:

· Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University

· Prue Leith, Chair of the School Food Trust

· Sir Stuart Hampson, Chairman of John Lewis Partnership

· Tim Smith, Chief Executive of Arla Foods

The event will explore a range of issues that affect what people choose to buy and eat such as organic produce, environmental concerns, ‘food miles’ and animal welfare.

Terrence Collis, Director of Communications at the Food Standards Agency said: ‘This event offers the opportunity to have an informed debate about many of the food values that influence what we choose to eat. Many and varied claims are made about food, and this event will be a chance to analyse and discuss the science behind some of these issues.’

Laurence Olins, Chairman of the 2007 organising committee, said: ‘Members of the City Livery Companies are looking forward to the lecture and are confident that our partnership with the FSA is going to result in a very interesting and thought-provoking evening.’

The lecture, which is an invitation only event, will be available to view live online from 6.30pm. Viewers who would like to participate can submit questions for the panel in advance to cityfoodlecture@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the Food Standards Agency, will chair the evening’s proceedings.

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