The People’s Land Policy will be participating in the Oxford Real Farming Conference on the 5/6th of January. We have attended the online versions for the past two years so are looking forward to coming back to an in-person conference. We will be based mainly in the Justice Hub which can be found in the Link Room in the Story Museum.
We will be helping to organise a session at 11:00 on Friday titled:
Green investment: opportunities for nature friendly farming or a new land grab?
With Bonnie VandeSteeg (People’s Land Policy), Mark Walton (Shared Assets), Olivia Oldham (University of Edinburgh), Kai Heron (Birkbeck)
Whilst new public and private investment in nature restoration and carbon offsetting is welcome it risks sparking a new gold rush. Private and corporate interests are buying up land for rewilding and reforestation projects with little consideration for the impacts on local communities or wider issues like rising land prices and the loss of high quality farmland to low quality woodland planting. This panel discussion will explore the opportunities this flood of new investment in nature presents in the struggle for a more just and sustainable land, food and farming system and the risks that it just leads to a new form of landlordism.
For more info on the Justice Hub see: https://www.sharedassets.org.uk/resources/justice-hub-orfc-2023
We are looking forward to attending as many sessions as possible to learn about the issues currently facing farmers and growers and what can be done to transform the food system. We believe strongly that food justice needs land justice. We will be distributing our new pamphlet: Towards a Manifesto for Land Justice. You should be able to pick up a few copy in the Justice Hub or in the LWA room.
We hope to meet up with a wide range of people to discuss the relationship between food and land justice. So come and find us in the Justice Hub and come to our session.