Sussex Sustainability Research Programme


Labour MP announced for SSRP British Science Festival panel

Labour MP for Bristol East and former Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Sep 2015 – June 2016) Kerry McCarthy has been announced as the final panellist for the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) British Science Festival event, ‘Making Hay: could Brexit be an opportunity for more sustainable food production in the UK?’

The live question-and-answer discussion will be held on Friday 8 September at 4pm at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton and will explore what Brexit means for agriculture in the UK and its potential impacts on food security in a time of economic uncertainty.

Kerry McCarthy joins leading figures from academia and industry including Minette Batters, Deputy President of the National Farmers Union (NFU); Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University London; and Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at Sussex.

Ms McCarthy said on her announcement for the panel:

"I am delighted to have been invited to speak at this year’s British Science Festival. Food security is an issue I have been actively involved in throughout my parliamentary career. I welcome the opportunity to discuss this vital issue with leading academics and the NFU, in order to explore the unique opportunities and challenges for sustainable food production following the Brexit referendum."

The event is free; book your place on the British Science Festival site.


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By: Fiona Hurd
Last updated: Thursday, 24 August 2017