Eden Project to host food growing summit

The giant greenhouse that is Cornwalls Eden Project will soon host a conference on how the UK will continue to produce food without causing damage to the environment.

While most UK gardeners who grow their own fruit and vegetables in their gardens and greenhouses will be familiar with organic gardening, the March 16th conference will look at how to tackle the issue on a nationwide scale, according to the Falmouth Packet.

The conference is being organised by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and south-west director John Mortimer explained to the newspaper that the problem is not just a British one.

"As climate change takes its grip on land nearer the equator and as populations rise, the demand for food grown in the northern temperate zones of the world – including the UK – will continue to rise," he said.

"The challenge is how to ensure that the land our children and grandchildren will need to feed themselves is still available to them – and that the skills required to farm and produce food are not lost because of short-term expedients."

There is growing apprehension about climate change and scientists have also called a meeting in Copenhagen to highlight new studies which show the world is failing to properly address the issue.