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 “Whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.”

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels (1726)


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Science for Sustainable Agriculture

The world needs to increase food supplies by 70% by 2050 to keep pace with a rapidly expanding global population, in the face of climate change and increasing pressure on the world’s finite natural resources.

With its good soils, temperate climate, professional farming sector and world-leading science base, the UK is well placed not only to improve its capacity for sustainable efficient food production, but also to become a global hub for agri-science excellence and innovation: exporting technological solutions, attracting inward investment, and fostering international research collaboration.

Britain has a unique opportunity to lead in these fields, and to put scientific rigour and evidence at the heart of UK policy development. 
Science for Sustainable Agriculture provides a focal point for debate around modern, sustainable agriculture and food production. Our aim is to promote a conversation rooted in scientific evidence, rather than doctrine and ideology.

We bring together like-minded individuals and organisations to champion and explain the vital role science and technology have to play in safeguarding our food supply, tackling climate change and protecting the natural environment.  We also stand ready to expose, comment on and challenge unscientific positions or policy decisions in relation to sustainable agriculture.


Science for Sustainable Agriculture aims to ensure the positive contribution of scientific innovation in agriculture and food production is recognised in public life and policy making.

Science for Sustainable Agriculture is in the process of registering as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, whose activities will be governed by an unremunerated board of directors and overseen by an independent expert advisory group.



Science for Sustainable Agriculture’s start-up phase has been generously funded by a grant awarded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, administered by NIAB. Once registered as a not-for-profit organisation, it is hoped that SSA will be funded by contributions from a range of sources, including charitable trusts, other non-profit organisations, commercial businesses and individuals.

advisory group

Science for Sustainable Agriculture’s work programme is overseen by an
independent advisory group bringing together relevant expertise from a
range of sectors and backgrounds.


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