In April 2016 we held a major event spanning three days in San Francisco. The True Cost of American Food conference brought together high level leaders, scientists and influential thinkers in the world of food and farming. Topics covered ranged from a detailed critique of production systems such as CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), to hard hitting issues such as public health, to bigger picture questions such as how can we put a price on the ‘priceless’.
The True Cost of American Food: plenary sessions
Watch the opening plenary and keynote addresses from our True Cost of American Food conference, f...Read more
The True Cost of American Food: all parallel sessions
Watch the parallel sessions from our True Cost of American Food conference, featuring discussions...Read more
The fat of the land
What's the true cost of the fats in our diet? Experts discuss how the move away from animal fats ...Read more
Does size matter?
Is there such a thing as right scale, and can small be profitable as well as beautiful? How can t...Read more
How much is our food system really costing our health?
A panel of leading experts discuss the greatest health threats facing society as a result of our ...Read more
What if we were to place value on integrated farming?
Driven by the current economic system, the trend towards monocultures has caused huge environment...Read more
Investing in sustainable agriculture
Can strategic investments in market shares discourage intensive agriculture, therefore improving ...Read more
How can we put a price on the priceless?
Is it possible to put a price on aspects of the food system that do not traditionally have an eco...Read more
Assessing farm sustainability to reflect the true cost of food
By identifying, quantifying and monetising the costs and benefits of farming systems, Dr Harpinde...Read more
The cost of corn and soy systems
What are the externalised costs of corn and soy systems on the environment and what can be done t...Read more
Communicating the true cost of food
As discussions around food and agriculture becomes mainstream, the need to communicate clearly an...Read more
How do we measure the true costs of food production?
What are the methods for quantifying and monetising the true costs of food production and how the...Read more
Helping our children to make better food choices
How do we protect our children from the global food companies who want to turn them into life-lon...Read more
The challenge of nitrogen pollution
Nitrogen is fundamental to agriculture, but what are the negative environmental and human health ...Read more
Draining food systems dry
With over 60% of its citizens relying on groundwater supplies and California now into its fifth y...Read more
What are the hidden costs of CAFOs?
The impact of CAFOs on rural communities, local businesses, the environment, animal welfare and p...Read more
Why we need to save our soils
Soil is the foundation of our food systems, yet, globally, it is being degraded at alarming rates...Read more
The full cost of food waste
What are the wider costs of food waste on society as well as the environment and how can we colle...Read more