Grow Green
Food and Farming Systems for a Climate-Friendly Future

1–2 June 2021, Online Webinar

Latest News

1/2/19United Nations keynote confirmed

Marcela Villarreal, Director of the Partnerships Division at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization will speak at the conference. Villarreal was a key player in the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses, which saw the UN promote pulses as a nutritious, economically accessible, sustainable food source that improves food security at all levels. For more, see

30/1/19Partnerships opportunities announced

The Grow Green conference has announced partnership opportunities for you or your organisation. Click on the Get Involved tab above for more information.

28/1/19Former leader of the Green Party to give keynote

Our second keynote speaker to be announced will come from Natalie Bennett. As leader, she took the Green Party into the 2015 General Election. Bennett started her career as a journalist, contributing to the Guardian, the Times, and the Independent. She is a key figure in the sustainability movement and works now on agriculture as well as other climate change mitigation efforts.

25/1/19Harvard keynote announced

Our first keynote speaker will be Dr Helen Harwatt. Dr Harwatt is an international award winning researcher and scientific author specialising in the field of planetary health, with a focus on the environmental impacts of animal to plant protein shifts. She is a Farmed Animal Law and Policy Fellow at Harvard University looking at the role of livestock reduction in creating Paris-compliant food systems.

The conference will see the launch of research findings from the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School, modelling alternative agriculture production in the UK. The research will show the impact that a shift to plant-strong farming has on national food sovereignty, protected forest and heathland areas, and carbon sequestration. The work will aid farmer and policy decision-making, in part by mapping the suitability of regions (10x10km scale) for transitioning.

29/12/18Springmann confirmed

We're pleased to confirm that Dr Marco Springmann of Oxford University will speak at the conference. Dr Springmann recently published an acclaimed and much-discussed paper in Nature on keeping the food system within environmental limits. This received international press attention. He will be on a panel discussing the next destination for plant-strong farming.

17/12/18The Ecologist confirmed as Media Partner

We're pleased to announce that The Ecologist is the conference's Media Partner. The Ecologist is a world-leading environmental affairs platform. It aims to educate and inform as many people as possible about the wonders of nature, the crisis we face and the best solutions and methods in managing that crisis. Visit their online magazine here:

7/9/18British Library is conference's location

The British Library is the location of the conference. The British Library is one of only a handful of legal deposit libraries, meaning it receives a copy of every volume published in the UK and Ireland. Its 150 million items requires over 625 km of shelves, and grows by 12 km every year. The central London location boasts a state-of-the-start lecture theatre, in which the conference will take place, and great facilities. For more on the British Library, see