Philip Lymbery: Sixty Harvests Left
Wednesday 15th February
Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, York Street, Bath, Somerset BA1 1NG
Philip Lymbery is chief executive of the international farm-animal-welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming. In a position he has held since 2005, he has played a leading role in many major animal welfare reforms, including Europe-wide bans on veal crates for calves and barren battery cages for laying hens. He was appointed an ambassadorial 'Champion' for the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021. He has also spearheaded Compassion in World Farming's engagement with more than 1,000 food companies worldwide, leading to genuine improvements in the lives of more than two billion farm animals every year. A columnist for the Scotsman, his first book, Farmageddon, was listed as a Book of the Year by The Times.
Philip joins us to give a talk on his book Sixty Harvests Left, which not only reveals how industrial farming is ruining our soils but shows how we can adapt to restore the planet for a nature-friendly future.
Taking its title from a chilling warning made by the United Nations that the world's soils could be lost within a lifetime, Sixty Harvests Left uncovers how the food industry is threatening the planet. Put simply, without soils there will be no food: game over. And time is running out.
From the United Kingdom to Italy, from Brazil to the Gambia to the USA, Philip goes behind the scenes of industrial farming and confronts 'Big Agriculture', where mega-farms, chemicals and animal cages are sweeping the countryside and jeopardising the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the nature that we treasure. In his investigations, however, he also finds hope in the pioneers who are battling to bring landscapes back to life, who are rethinking farming methods, rediscovering traditional techniques and developing technologies to feed an ever-expanding global population.
Impassioned, balanced and persuasive, Sixty Harvests Left not only demonstrates why future harvests matter more than ever, but reveals how we can restore our planet for a nature-friendly future.