Patrick Holden


Making Our Food Safe and Sustainable

Farming has become more and more intensive, industrial and unsustainable… and unfit for purpose. Patrick has come up with a set of unifying principles which can be applied across scale, continents and climate: soil, health, diversity, resilience, culture and economics.

Patrick Holden is a pioneer of the modern sustainable food movement and the Founding Director of the Sustainable Food Trust. Between 1995 and 2010 he was the Director of the Soil Association and became a much sought after speaker and campaigner for organic food and farming. He spearheaded a number of prominent food campaigns around BSE, pesticide residues and GM food. More recently, he was a member of the UK Government’s working group on the Foresight report into Future of Food and Farming and is Advisor to the Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit.

Patrick grew up in London but was deeply influenced by a year he spent in California at the beginning of the seventies. He returned to the UK to study biodynamic agriculture and started a community dairy farm in West Wales in 1973. It is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, with a herd of 75 Ayrshire cows – the milk from which is made into raw milk cheese by his son, Sam.

He was awarded the CBE for services to organic farming in 2005.

Biography published 2013

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