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Where’s welfare? Redesigning our food for the future

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When the Food Standards Agency launched its leading plan “Our Food Future” in February 2016, the report highlighted the importance of key issues including sustainability, safety, environmental impact, and food waste. But there was not a single mention of animals or animal welfare.

With a global population set to rise to over 9.5 billion by 2050 there is an increasing demand for food to be provided in a safe, healthy, affordable and ethical way and from a veterinary perspective that must encompass the needs and interests of sentient animals.

In this session we will hear a progress update on the Our Food Future project. We will consider how and where veterinary surgeons can contribute, not only to the delivery of safe and healthy food, but also to the debate on how it can be delivered in an ethical way that puts animal welfare at the forefront.


  • Catherine Brown, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agenc
  • Professor John Webster MA Vet MB PhD DVM (London, Hon) MRCVS, Professor Emeritus, University of Bristol
  • Chaired by Sean Wensley BVSc MSc Grad DMS MRCVS, Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association 

Running time: 60 minutes.
Part of BVA Congress at London Vet Show 2016.

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