Borough Talks: reducing the impact of food production

Borough Talks, a series of public debates presented by Borough Market, explores some of the most interesting and important issues relevant to today’s food world

Across five Tuesday evenings between April and September, some of the most respected names in the food industry—including producers, writers, academics and activists—will gather in the Market’s atmospheric Three Crown Square to discuss a variety of topics that are currently driving the news agenda and creating buzz in the UK food scene.

Each debate lasts for around an hour, including plenty of time for questions and comments from the floor. After the debate, ticketholders are invited to enjoy a superb spread of food and drink from Borough Market’s traders (included in the price of the ticket), mingle with panellists and purchase a selection of relevant books and merchandise. Tickets for each debate cost £17.50.

TALK 5: TUESDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2017, 7-9pm

Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of food production
What is the true cost of the food we eat? This broad-ranging discussion will explore the social and environmental impacts of industrialised food systems and ask whether it is possible to produce and distribute food in ways that are both sustainable and economically viable. Panellists will cover everything from the state of our soil to the knotty problem of food waste, and discuss whether a modern city can develop the infrastructure to help feed itself.


Robin Gill: Chef-proprietor of The Dairy, The Manor, Counter Culture and Paradise Garage, all of which are notable for their sustainable approach to food supply. The Good Food Guide’s Chef of the Year 2016.

Patrick Holden: Founder of the Sustainable Food Trust, which promotes the development of more sustainable food systems around the world, and owner of an organic dairy farm in Wales. Awarded a CBE in 2005.

Donald Hyslop: Head of regeneration and community partnerships at Tate Modern and chair of the Trustees of Borough Market. A strong advocate for the role that markets can play in reshaping cities and communities.

Carolyn Steel: A leading thinker on food and cities who has taught at Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. Author of Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives.

Richard Swannell: Development director of WRAP, which helps governments and businesses work more sustainably and achieve greater resource efficiency. Reducing food waste is a major focus for the charity.

Tim Lang: Professor of food policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, trustee of Borough Market, and the writer of numerous articles, reports and books on the politics of food production.

Buy tickets for this debate. The Talk will be BSL signed by Rosie Walton and Christopher Stone.

Talk 1: Read, cook, live: the ingredients of a cookbook

Talk 2: How the media can help your food business

Talk 3: Parent trap: the challenges of children’s food

Talk 4: How to join the drinks revolution