Catalyst debates 2014: Feeding Britain - can we do it sustainably?

This debate, held on 8 July 2014, discussed how prepared companies are for changes in food supply and price shocks, how sustainability fits within the approaches they are currently using, and whether UK food security can really be delivered sustainably.


  1. On our expert panel were Duncan Pollard, Nestlé AVP stakeholders engagement in sustainability; Penny Fowler, Oxfam’s head of private sector advocacy; Dr Tara Garnett, director of the Food Climate Research Network at the University of Oxford; and Teresa Fabian, director for sustainability and climate change at PwC. It was chaired by Tamsin Cooper, Green Alliance’s strategy director.

  2. Watch the highlights of the debate here:

  3. Catalyst debates 2014: Feeding Britain: Can we do it sustainably?
  4. Tamsin Cooper opened the debate by setting out the range of social and environmental pressures that will hit the global food system over the next 40 years, and the need for responses that consider the impact of diets and food waste alongside increasing the food supply.

  5. Teresa Fabian described the challenges inherent in increasing food production by 60 per cent by 2030.

  6. Duncan Pollard highlighted how the food sector’s understanding of sustainability has changed in recent years, going beyond certification to include human rights, deforestation and labour issues.

  7. Dr Tara Garnett emphasised the importance of reducing animal products in our diets to increase the resilience of the food system.


  8. Penny Fowler highlighted the potential for partnerships between companies and NGOs to tackle deep-rooted social and environmental challenges.