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Peter Roberts Compassion in World Farming Lecture

Chris Packham Interviewed by Philip Lymbery

Saturday, 28 March 2020

6:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

One of the UK’s best-known naturalists and conservationists Chris Packham talks about his passion for the environment and wildlife and the need for changes in the way we farm. The event is the festival’s first annual hosting of the Peter Roberts Compassion in World Farming lecture named in honour of the charity’s founder, a British farmer, who became horrified at the development of factory farming.

Packham has not eaten meat for 30 years but says he recognises that everyone switching to a plant-based diet could lead to the ripping up of pastures, hedgerows and flower-rich meadows and spark an ecological disaster. He argues for helping farmers to move towards higher animal welfare and environmental standards – a stance that has led to him receiving abuse from both sides of the debate.

Packham is a nature photographer and author best known as presenter of the BBC’s flagship wildlife programmes Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch. His autobiography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir was widely acclaimed and reached number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller chart. Packham is also a well-known campaigner on wildlife issues including as an opponent of badger culling and grouse shooting.

Here he talks to Philip Lymbery, chief executive of Compassion in World Farming, and author of Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat and Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were, in which he uncovers what he says are the myths that prop up factory farming and argues that industrial livestock production is pushing our environment and biodiversity to the breaking point. Packham described Dead Zone as “…an important account and a critical plea for a fusion of farming, food and nature to provide global ecological security”.

The first Peter Roberts Lecture was given by John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods Market, in 2007. Subsequent lectures have been given by others including by Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute and author of over 50 books,  and Rajendra Pachauri during his chairmanship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This event is part of a series under the banner Pasture to Plate® that looks at the environmental and health benefits of raising food on pasture and getting it to the consumer quickly through a short supply chain.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming