George Monbiot | Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet
Fri 18 Nov 2022 | 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Recipient of the 2022 Orwell Prize for journalism and the United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement, George Monbiot shares his new book Regenesis: Feed the World Without Devouring the Planet with food writer and festival honorary patron Bee Wilson.
Farming is the world’s greatest cause of environmental destruction and the one we are least prepared to talk about.
We criticise urban sprawl, but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed, fenced and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Yet millions still go hungry. Now the food system itself is beginning to falter. George Monbiot shows us how we can resolve the biggest of our dilemmas and feed the world without devouring the planet.
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George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, which he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60 million times.
Bee Wilson is a home cook, journalist and writer, mostly about food. Yotam Ottolenghi has called her ‘the ultimate food scholar’. She writes for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, The London Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of six books on food-related subjects and she is the co-founder of the food education charity TastEd. She lives in Cambridge and has three children.