The Role of Food in a Sustainable Future

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The Role of Food in a Sustainable Future

October 21, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

We are honoured that Eamon Hickey, Ambassador of Ireland to Switzerland will join us to give the opening address to the first event in our season on ‘A Systems and Community Approach to Resilience and Building Back Better’.

We are in the ‘decade of action’ on sustainability, yet the warning bells are ringing. The recent stark IPCC report calls for drastic action on climate change, and the forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow will be crucial.
Join us for the first in a series of IBN events that will explore the topics of resilience and sustainability from a number of different angles.
This first event will focus on food, something that each and every one of us is an expert on!
Are you;

  • Interested in understanding what’s behind the headlines on food & sustainability you often read; from plant-based diets, carbon labelling, organic farming to regenerative agriculture and more?
  • Curious about Origin Green, Ireland’s unique national food and drink sustainability programme, which collaborates with over 55,000 farms and 300 leading Irish food & drink companies?
  • Interested in hearing about the latest in Switzerland as well as innovations at a global level?
  • Curious to learn what actions YOU can take, and the role of businesses, academia as well as government policy?
  • Curious about what this all means for a more resilient future?

Then this event is for you!

We are thrilled to bring together two expert speakers in the field to explore the relationship between food and a sustainable future.

Deirdre Ryan is the Director of Origin Green, Sustainability and Quality Assurance programme at An Bord Bia – The Irish Food Board. Origin Green aims to safeguard Ireland’s global reputation & competitive advantage as a producer of quality sustainable food, by proving and improving the sustainability of Irish producers to meet the evolving needs of global customers & consumers. Deirdre has a strong track record of driving impact; in previously held positions at Ornua, Nestle Switzerland, and Metro Group; as well as being an Irish record holder for the high jump and competing for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics.

Laura Robinson is based in Lausanne and is the founder of Pink Pear Agency – a network of communications experts specialised in food, healthcare and sustainability. Together, they’re a creative caffeine kick for purpose-driven companies and organisations looking to grow their projects and share their stories. Before founding Pink Pear, Laura worked in UK food and health policy and developed a series of mobile apps to promote healthier and more sustainable diets and reduce food waste.

The event will be moderated by Geraldine O’ Grady, Head of Sustainability, Taste & Wellbeing at Givaudan.

Date: Thursday 21st Oct
Time: 6,30- 8,00 CET
Where: Virtual – zoom link will be shared with registered participants

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