Three key industry professionals have come together to create a unique Group called, Healthy and Sustainable Food. This is to constantly examine what would be the results if people from different sectors were to collaborate on solutions to produce healthy, sustainable food ongoing. The Founders are:
Barbara Bray MBE – Director – ALO Solutions
Mark Driscoll – Director – Tasting the Future
Jacqui Green – Director Viridis Associates
Their aim is to improve nutritional quality of food and availability for all socio-economic groups in the UK. They will do this by bringing individuals from different sectors together for projects on sustainable nutrition.
Beanstalk Global is proud to be hosting a series of monthly Broadcasts for the great Healthy and Sustainable Food Group!.
Our expert speakers include:
Dr Kyle Stewart. He is a GP Partner in South Devon, as well as a Trust Doctor at Torbay Hospital where he delivers the outpatient Lumbar Puncture service for the Neurology team, and is currently creating a new app: The Clinician’s Guide To Lumbar Punctures.
Dr Stewart is CEO and co-founder of Watercress Research Ltd, and holds an Honorary Clinical Associate Research Fellowship in Theoretical Medicine at The University of Exeter, alongside an NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellowship, and a separate Mid Essex, Southend & Basildon Medical Innovation Fellowship. He is the president of Torbay & District Medical Society and came runner-up in 2019’s National GP Trainee of the year award. He has a consultancy company, and works as an out of hours GP for Devon Docs as part of the 111 service.
Dr. Robert Hancock is a crop biochemist and physiologist with 25 years post-qualification experience. His primary interests are concerned with the biochemical determinants and impact of biotic and abiotic stress on crop quality. He works extensively with key sectors of the food industry ranging from primary production to retail to develop tools and technologies to improve crop yields, and nutritional and sensory quality via breeding, management and agronomy. He has published extensively in the scientific literature and is the holder of several patents describing innovations in crop production. He has previously worked with UK growers using chemical and physical methods for the biofortification of mineral and organic nutrients in crops and is currently developing methods for vitamin biofortification in indoor farms in collaboration with a major UK retailer. His interests in biofortification have led to collaboration with the University of Nairobi in Kenya to accelerate the development of high iron and zinc bean cultivars to tackle significant dietary deficiencies. He is presently the scientific lead of the Advanced Plant Growth Centre, a £27M capital investment to develop a global hub for research into controlled environment and precision agriculture and due to open at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee in 2023.
Rachel Thompson has experience spanning international development, global health and food systems – the common thread being a commitment to promote equity in health and beyond. She has worked with the Red Cross Movement and several NGOs in field-based roles across Africa and Asia. Back home in the UK, she has worked as a researcher at Chatham House and consulted for the Overseas Development Institute and Women In Global Health. Rachel is currently a Policy Advisor at the World Obesity Federation, where she leads advocacy work with UN agencies to advance multi-sector action on obesity.
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