Food Systems Podcasts

Food Systems Podcasts

Welcome to Food Systems Podcasts, the series all about creating a sustainable food system.

Every other week, we will be releasing new episodes of Food Systems where we interview politicians, civil society representatives, thought leaders, scientists, activists, farmers, business leaders and many others with ideas and actions on how we can deliver a safe, plentiful, and above all sustainable food system that works for everyone.


Each FFA Food Systems episode will be 20-30 minutes long, perfect for your commute or lunch, and will deliver new insight and ideas right to your ears. You can listen on this page or through your favourite podcast app including iTunes, Spotify and Podbean.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 36

Thursday, November 25, 2021

In this episode, we talk with Sébastien Treyer, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development & International Relations (IDDRI), about a recent study on the shift towards agro-ecology across the EU. Sébastien also discusses the role of innovation & technology and how consumers will be key in transforming the food system.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 35

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

In this episode we talk to Chris Harbourt, Global Head of Carbon at Indigo, about how carbon farming works in the field, whether the metrics and economics are reliable enough, the timescale required to keep it in the ground, and how he sees the future of this developing sector. Indigo is a supporting Friend of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.


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FFA Food Systems Podcast 34

Thursday, October 28, 2021

In this episode we talk with Ken Giller, Professor of Plant Production Systems at Wageningen University, about what regenerative agriculture means in practice, why it is having such a moment in the spotlight now, whether it could be applied in Africa, and what the boundaries of the system might be.

You can read Ken's paper here.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 33

Friday, October 15, 2021

In this episode we talk to Adele Jones, Deputy CEO of the Sustainable Food Trust, about true cost accounting, how it can help create clarity around food production and consumer choice, how it could be practically implemented, and whether the political will to implement it is present today.

You can read the article in Nature that Adele co-authored here.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 32

Thursday, September 30, 2021

In this episode we talk to Mark Titterington, Co-Founder of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture and Senior Adviser, and Caroline Mahr, the Forum Program Director, about the coming year of the Forum, EU-US relations, the shift towards a sustainable food system, and their views on the most important policies coming up in the next twelve months.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 31

Thursday, September 23, 2021

In this episode we talk to Matija Zulj, Founder and CEO of Agrivi, about his view on smart technologies in farming, their impact on the market and local communities, consumer confidence and traceability, and what he views as the most impactful technology in the coming five years.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 30

Thursday, September 2, 2021

In this episode we talk with Marc Rosiers, Managing Director of MR Food and Agriculture Consulting, about the position of farmers in the food chain, whether true pricing can ever be implemented, short supply chains, and his expectations of carbon farming.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 29

Thursday, August 19, 2021

In this episode we talk with Jean-Marc Chappuis, deputy director of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, about the ongoing Swiss agricultural reform package, how the country supports land management in mountainous areas, and the Swiss goals for the UN Food System Summit.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 28

Thursday, August 5, 2021

In this episode we talk with Patrick Worms, President of the European Agroforestry Federation, about the benefits of agroforestry, the threat it faces from climate change, how these systems are used around the world, and his expectations of both new EU policies and the UN Food System Summit.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 27

Thursday, July 22, 2021

In this episode we talk with Amirul Islam, Operations Manager for South and Central Asia, Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development, about the impacts of Covid-19 and climate change on farming in the region, the difference between land tenure and ownership, his expectations for the UN Food System Summit and much more.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 26

Thursday, July 8, 2021

In this episode we talk with Emile Frison, IPES FOOD panel member and UNFSS co-lead on the solution cluster on agroecology and regenerative agriculture, about his expectations for the UN Food System Summit, whether agroecology has advanced in recent years, and creating new food system policies.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 25

Thursday, June 24, 2021

In this episode we talk with Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director of Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission, about the EU's new Biodiversity Strategy, his hopes for the UN Biodiversity Summit and the Common Agricultural Policy, tree planting, and where the money will come from.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 24

Thursday, June 10, 2021

In this episode with Bérénice Dupeux, Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), about withdrawing the CAP and how it should be structured instead; income support, climate change, the interaction with the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy, and much more.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 23

Thursday, May 20, 2021

In this episode we talk with António Amorim, Chairman and CEO of Corticeira Amorim, about the unique ecosystem of cork forests, the impact of climate change, sustainability passports for international trade, and the link between forests and health.


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FFA Food Systems Podcast 22

Thursday, May 6, 2021

In this episode we talk to David Cleary, Director for Agriculture at The Nature Conservancy, about the evolution of sustainability in international trade flows, how to improve agreements like Mercosur, and how to ensure that better practices are taken up along the full food chain. The Nature Conservancy is a Strategic Partner of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture.


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FFA Food Systems Podcast 21

Thursday, April 29, 2021

In this episode we talk to Benedikt Bösel, a farmer east of Berlin and FFA2021 panellist, about his 'Beyond farming' approach, structural inequalities in the food system, what changes he would like to see from the CAP, and the importance of scientific advice.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 20

Thursday, April 22, 2021

In this episode we talk with Emeritus Professor Allan Buckwell, Research Director at the RISE Foundation, about the current CAP reform, if it should be scrapped and whether that is possible, the interaction with the Farm to Fork Strategy and the Green Deal, his views on generational renewal and much more.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 19

Thursday, April 15, 2021

In this episode we talk with Carina Millstone, Executive Director at Feedback Global, about the problems of the shareholder economy and how it drives a lack of sustainability, how to change the system, getting rid of supermarkets and why we should politicise food much more.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 18

Thursday, April 8, 2021

In this episode we talk with Samuel Masse, President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) and an organic wine grower, about the effects of the Farm to Fork Strategy on young farmers, the future of organic farming, and what his farm village needs to attract the next generation.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 17

Thursday, April 1, 2021

In this episode we talk to Katharina Unger, Founder of Livin Studios and Livin farms, about insect protein. What does the insect farm look like, what are the best opportunities for this growing field, the ethics, and how to best prepare them at home.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 16

Thursday, March 11, 2021

In this episode we talk with Jeroen Candel, assistant professor in food and agricultural policy at Wageningen University, about the producer and institutional sides of the Farm to Fork Strategy. How ambitious is it? Can those ambitions be realised? And how do we ensure that farmers are along for the journey?

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 15

Thursday, February 25, 2021

In this episode we talk to Erik Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta Group, about setting goals to achieve sustainability, regenerative agriculture, the role of technology, and bringing citizens along on the journey.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 14

Thursday, January 28, 2021

In this episode we talk to Caroline Mahr van Everdingen, Program Leader for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture, about what it's like to organise the FFA, going digital in the age of Covid-19, what it's like on the day, and how to get world-class speakers on your agenda.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 13

Thursday, January 14, 2021

In this episode we talk to Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming and author, about sustainable and humane meat consumption, lab-grown meat and its possible effects on society, as well as his policy ideas for a more sustainable agricultural system.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 12

Thursday, December 17, 2020

In this episode we talk to Christine Gould, CEO of Thought For Food, about startups, breaking through, the lessons of success and failure, and where she sees the biggest gaps.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 11

Thursday, December 3, 2020

In this episode we talk to Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist at WWF, about sustainable diets, reducing meat consumption, what the perfect farm looks like and how fast we will need to make the transition to a new food system.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 10

Thursday, November 19, 2020

In this episode we talk with Ben O'Brien, Director - Europe for New Zealand Beef and Lamb, about farming without subsidies, the potential for CAP and trade in agriculture, and look ahead to New Zealand agriculture under Jacinda Ardern's 2nd term as Prime Minister.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 9

Thursday, November 5, 2020

In this episode we talk with Tassos Haniotis, Director of Strategy, Simplification and Policy Analysis, DG AGRI, European Commission about the next CAP reform, the impact of the Farm to Fork Strategy, and whether consumers make rational choices.

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FFA2020 Online Live No.2 session 2

Monday, October 26, 2020

Marjon Krol, Tassos Haniotis, John Gilliland, Ulrike Sapiro join Jennifer Baker for session 2 of the FFA2020 Online Live No.2 to discuss rewarding agriculture’s potential solutions for biodiversity and climate change.

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FFA2020 Online Live No.2 session 1

Monday, October 26, 2020

Ben O'Brien, Eduardo Cuoco, Bas Rüter join Jennifer Baker for session 1 of the FFA2020 Online Live No.2 to discuss sustainable business models: paying for the transition.

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FFA2020 Online Live No.2 introduction

Monday, October 26, 2020

The future of our food systems relies on two interdependent demands, that of the adaptation and reinvention of food chain business models, and the provision of farming methods which actively combat climate change and support biodiversity. The FFA Online Live Event on October 26 delved into rewarding sustainability in the food system through price mechanisms. This is the introduction to the event including Janez Potočnik's speech.


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FFA Food Systems Podcast 8

Thursday, October 22, 2020

In this episode we talk with John Gilliland, Director of Agriculture and Sustainability at Devenish Nutrition, about how to sustainably manage livestock on grassland, the importance of soil, the price of meat, and the future of meat alternatives - among much more.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 7

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Food Systems talks with Lawrence Haddad, 2018 World Food Prize winner and Executive Director of the GAIN Alliance, about his new Food Systems Dashboard. During this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss how data can help make better political decisions, the upcoming Food System Summit, and the need for (inter)national food system plans rather than individual policies.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 6

Thursday, September 24, 2020

We talk about sustainable shopping with Jeanette Wong and Tom Pell, who run The Clean Kilo, the UK's largest no-waste, zero plastic supermarket. We discuss consumer behaviour, how they influence their suppliers, what they think the future of waste-free shopping is, and how to compete on price with large discounters.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 5

Thursday, September 10, 2020

In this episode, we talk about sustainable finance with Alexander El Alaoui, an independent financial advisor, Senior Advisor to the Foundations Platform F20, and Investment Lead at Cooler Future. We discuss what sustainable finance entails, how he would design a fund that pays off for the planet and your wallet, and which new food system business model he would fund. Find out more in this hugely interesting conversation.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 4

Thursday, August 27, 2020

In the fourth episode, Food Systems talks about climate action with Terry Tamminen, former CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, former chief advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and current head of 7th Generation Advisors, about action that can be taken now to combat the climate crisis. What can the state, the individual, and the private sector do to make a difference, as well as his thoughts on the climate impact of the new Democratic nominees for the US Presidency.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 3

Thursday, August 13, 2020

In the third episode, Food Systems talks to Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein, Chairman of the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft about his views on organic farming, its expanded role under the Farm to Fork strategy, the role of the CAP, and his vision for a 100% sustainable food system.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 2

Thursday, July 30, 2020

In this latest episode, Food Systems talks to Julia Köhn, founder and CEO of Pielers.de, for her views on how farmers can use digital tools to sell directly to consumers, how the CAP can help the environment, and the role of price in stimulating sustainability.

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FFA Food Systems Podcast 1

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In our first episode, Food Systems talks to FFA Chairman Janez Potočnik about his views on the concept of systemic change. He also tackles the role of new EU policies like the Green Deal and lays out a deep policy platform to match the scale of the sustainability challenge. Enjoy!


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