City Food Lecture

City Food Lecture seeks to answer questions about the future of food

over 4 years ago by Claire Smith

​MorePeople are delighted to be sponsoring the City Food Lecture for the second year in a row, including the Future Generation Student Forum where a group of food students have the opportunity to experience a day full of career-enhancing experiences.

This prestigious invitation-only event is a well-established feature of both the City of London and food industry calendar, and takes place on Thursday 20th February at Guildhall, London EC2V 7HH. The lecture is organised and promoted by the seven food related Livery Companies with support from the Corporation of London.

We are very much looking forward to hearing from this year's Keynote Speaker - Professor Louise Fresco, President of the Wageningen University & Research Executive Board. Wageningen is one of the world’s leading academic agri-food organisation and research and development centre based in Holland and Louise is a highly influential thinker and commentator on global food issues. Her career includes senior roles at the Agricultural Markets Task Force in the EU Commission and as Assistant Director-General at the FAO of the United Nations. She has also served on the Advisory Boards and/or as a Trustee of the likes of Shell, Rabobank, Unilever and Syngenta.

The title of the 2020 City Food Lecture is ‘Fish nor Flesh or Both? Foods for the Future’ and will seek to answer some of the following questions:

Food is a source of great confusion: what should we eat in times of climate change, obesity and animal welfare? Should our diets be local or global, vegetarian or flexitarian? Can cities restore their link to the countryside where the food comes from? And to complicate these essential questions, what will science bring us for the future in terms of new proteins, intensive and vertical agriculture and personalised nutrition?

Following the lecture is a Question and Answer session with a panel of food industry specialists, which is always a lively debate!

Guy Moreton, CEO of MorePeople, explained the motivations for being involved in the City Food Lecture:

"As a market leader in recruitment for the food sector, we are proud to be sponsoring this exciting event. It is such an important event for the industry and the keynote speech always provides a lot of 'food for thought'!"

He continued:

"We were particularly keen to support the Future Generation Student Forum aspect of the event as part of our mission is to inspire young people to work in the industry, raising their awareness of the dynamic and exciting careers on offer and giving them invaluable time with industry thought leaders."

To find out more about the event and watch the highlights from 2019, visit