January saw our Aquaculture team engaged with the annual Waitrose Farming Conference. Following the morning session, Ed co-chaired the afternoon fish-focused break-out meeting with Andy Boulton, Waitrose’s Aquaculture & Fisheries Manager. With a ‘One Show’ style theme, the two hosts introduced speakers, managed a bit of discussion with guests and talked to the live surveys as viewers answered questions on all things fish from their mobile phones.
Beamed live from Waitrose’s Odney-based Conference centre, the pressure was on, the spotlights were blinding, the teleprompt was off-putting and the messaging in the earpieces while they were trying to present was challenging. Despite all that, we think it came across well and, with several excellent speakers and plenty of topical and sometimes gnarly information being provided, there was something for everyone.
Some powerful messaging was provided by the following speakers. In the morning session, Henry Dimbleby, Chair of the UK Government’s think tank constructing a National Food Strategy, spoke passionately about how the country needs to not only secure our food supply in the years ahead, but to do so sustainably, innovatively, and ensuring healthy food is made available to all. If you are interested in food, in fairness and in our environment, then have a read of the report.