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How can we develop a food system that is fairer and healthier and which also reduces the environmental footprint of food production? Public concern about climate change and biodiversity loss has led to increasing attention on our food production and distribution as a cause but also a potential solution to environmental breakdown. Farmers are key agents in solutions to biodiversity loss and climate change, and need to be listened to and included.

Our profound disconnection from food is not only a curious legacy of industrialisation, but also of a way of life that is becoming obsolescent. Food supply determines our survival, our politics and economics, so how have we come to consider food as just another commodity? We need to protect seeds that are a legacy nurtured by millions of farmers around the world for millennia from exploitation.