Meeting farming’s sustainability challenge: circular approaches to make agriculture ‘greener’ and more profitable

Wednesday 20th March 2024

7pm, York, United Kingdom

How can we continue to provide the world’s growing population with nutritious, affordable food in a way that is both environmentally and economically sustainable?

One approach is to adopt a ‘circular’ approach where underused crop residues, food processing wastes and manures are used to make high-value products for the food, health and farming industries. Tomato skins, wheat straw, brewery waste and potato peelings all being investigated for their potential as a source of high-value compounds that can be used to make products such as proteins, bio-plastics and fertilisers: an approach that avoids waste to landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and lessens our dependence on fossil fuels.

This event will be an opportunity to find out about the latest research from the European-Chinese research consortium AgriLoop and the UK-based Biorenewables Development Centre.

It will also be an opportunity to explore issues such as: the environmental impact of agriculture, the potential and risks from using ‘waste’ as a resource and the transition away from fossil fuels.

All welcome. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

This in-person event and will be held at the “Den”, Mickelgate Social, 148-150 Mickelgate on the corner of Bar Lane, York, United Kingdom.

About the event

This event is part of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society support of ongoing activities for Cafe Scientifique in York. Café Scientifique is a place where, a cup of coffee, a tankard of beer or a glass of wine in your hand, you can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafes, bars, restaurants and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context.