Forward Food Week

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Foward Food Week

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Various, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Humane Society International's 'Forward Food' programme promotes plant-based foods to caterers, major corporations, restaurant chains, chefs, dieticians and NGOs. Increasing the proportion of plant-based foods in our diet will help us achieve a more environmentally sustainable food system and greater personal health. Forward Food is tackling greenhouse gas emissions and helping to conserve water. Forward Food is reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease and transforming our universities, schools, restaurant menus, grocery aisles, and more.

The week’s events include talks, Q&As, a nutrition panel, plant-based food showcase and a film screening. All events are at Headington/Gipsy Lane campus and are FREE for anyone to attend, not just Brookes students and staff.

We would like to thank the Pro-VC for Student and Staff Experience, Brookes Compass Catering, OBU Documentary Club, EFM Sustainability, Deliciously Ella and VegFund for their support of this programme of events. Our special thanks to Charlie Huson of Humane Society International (UK) and Dr Helen Harwatt of Harvard University for their help in organising the week's events.

You can turn up on the day and no booking is required. However, you can register your interest in advance which will help us to gauge numbers - click the button at the bottom of this page.

Monday 1 October

Talk and Q&A: Forward Food - How we get more plants on plates.

An insight into how to successfully engage with the catering industry to reduce the use of animal products to benefit the environment, human health and animal welfare.

Charlie Huson

Speaker: Charlie Huson of Humane Society International (HSI) UK. Charlie leads the UK Forward Food programme for Humane Society International, one of the largest global animal protection organisations. With her background in marketing and behaviour change within the healthcare sector, Charlie focuses her skills on increasing the quality and availability of plant-based options to positively impact the environment, human health and animal welfare.

Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Location: JHB.204

Talk and Q&A: To be confirmed




Tuesday 2 October

Nutrition Panel and Q&A: Your opportunity to ask questions about diet and healthy eating of our two nutrition experts.

Heather Russell -- Forward Food Festival  Dr Sarah Hillier -- Forward Food Festival

Panellists: Heather Russell, Dietitian from the Vegan Society UK has specialised in vegan nutrition for over two years. She runs The Vegan Society’s nutrition service, and her responsibilities include supporting people with their vegan journeys and helping other services to meet vegan needs. Dr Sarah Hillier is Senior Lecturer in Nutrition, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University. She is a Registered Nutritionist and her PhD was on the subject of the Menstrual Cycle. Her specialist interest is Women's Health, Obesity & Body Composition. Heather and Sarah will each give a short presentation followed by Q & A where you can put your diet and nutrition questions to them.

Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Location: JHB.305

Talk and Q&A: Christians, Farmed Animals and Food for Humans: Can Human and Nonhuman Animals Flourish?

What's life like for industrially farmed animals? And for the people who work in farms and slaughterhouses? Find out why Christians should care and what they can do about it. Learn about CreatureKind and how it helps Christians connect their beliefs with their relationship to farmed animals. Discuss the complications of changing eating habits and the challenges of animal advocacy in relation to other pressing concerns. Consider CreatureKind projects you can try in your own (Christian or non-Christian) organisations and communities, like #DefaultVeg, Institutional Food Policies, and a six-week small group course.

Dr Margaret Adam

Speaker: Dr Margaret B. Adam is a Visiting Lecturer of Christian Ethics at St Stephen’s House, an Anglican theological college in the University of Oxford. She is the Project Editor of CreatureKind and the postdoctoral researcher for the AHRC-funded project: Christian Ethics of Farmed Animal Welfare.

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Location: JHB.204

Wednesday 3 October

Talk and Q&A: Brexit and climate change: the campaign to urge Britain to Grow Green.

Brexit means we’re leaving the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and need a new agricultural settlement and food policy. What should these look like? Given that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all of the world’s transportation combined, we are calling for a transition away from animal agriculture towards plant protein. The talk and Q&A explores how food policy is an untapped area of climate change policy, what our campaign involves, and what you can do to push for a green Brexit.


Will Gildea -- Forward Food Festival (web optimised)

Speaker: Will Gildea, Campaigns & Policy Officer at The Vegan Society UK

Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Location: JHB.204

Talks and Q&A: i) Developing and implementing behavioural interventions to reduce meat consumption.

ii) Bug burgers, lab meat and plant blood: What implications for food and farming?

i) The Livestock, Environment and People ( LEAP) project is about understanding the effects of meat and dairy consumption in terms of health, the environment, economics and society. This includes plant- and cell-based meat alternatives to meat from farmed livestock. It aims to provide evidence and tools for decision makers to promote healthy and sustainable diets.  

ii) As conventional livestock production (particularly intensive production) has come under increasing scrutiny for its environmental and ethical impacts, a number of ventures have emerged over the last decade promising better ways to produce meat, milk and other animal-derived products. These have included a turn towards the 'mini-livestock' of edible insects, meat grown in cell culture outside the animal body, and burgers made from plants that sizzle and bleed like conventional meat. While frequently making headlines for the benefits they promise to bring, this talk considers a broader range of potential implications - both positive and negative - that such products pose to food and farming in the UK and globally. Issues covered will include potential livelihood impacts in conventional agriculture, the possible change to rural landscapes, and what a new understanding of 'meat' means for our health and food cultures.

LEAP project

Alexandra Sexton Forward Food 3 Oct

Speakers: Dr Christina Potter, Postdoctoral Health Behaviours Researcher, University of Oxford and Dr Alexandra Sexton, Human Geography postdoctoral researcher, Wellcome Trust 'Livestock, Environment & People' (LEAP) project, Oxford Martin School, Oxford University.

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Location: JHB.204

Thursday 4 October

Street-Food Popup and Sustainability Showcase by Brookes' Compass Catering

Come along and sample some delicious plant-based treats and find out how they are prepared.

Time: 12.00 - 13.30

Location:Entrance to Student Union Bar, Ground floor JHB


Talk and Q&A: MAN Food

MAN Food is a research project that thinks about the relations between masculinities, protein eating practices and the environment. Speakers Emma and Paul will firstly invite audience members to take part in some of the games and discussion activities that feature in the Man Food Toolbox. This will be followed by presenting findings from the Man Food project and some opportunity for open-discussion.


Dr Paul Hurley -- Forward Food Festival (web optimised)

  Professor Emma Roe -- Forward Food Festival (web optimised)


Speakers:Professor Emma Roe & Dr Paul Hurley of the University of Southampton

Time: 12.00 - 13.00

Location: JHB.203


Keynote Talk and Q&A: Creating sustainable food systems – do our food choices matter?

Dr Helen Harwatt

Speaker: Dr Helen Harwatt is an international award winning researcher and scientific author specialising in the field of planetary health, with a focus on food systems shifts and climate change mitigation. Helen is a fellow at Harvard University and contributes to the Humane Society International’s Forward Food program. She has worked in environmental nutrition research at the Loma Linda University in California, and at the University of Leeds Sustainability Research Institute. .

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Location: John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre

Film screening of 'Cowspiracy' followed by panel discussion and Q&A

Cowspiracy is directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population. The film is presented in collaboration with the Oxford Brookes Documentary Film Club


Q & A Panellists: Dr Helen Harwatt of Harvard University and Charlie Huson of Humane Society International (see descriptions above). You will also have the opportunity to question one of the film’s producers, Sailesh Rao, during a Skype call to the US.

Time: 19.00 - 21.30

Location:John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre