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The Economist Debate: 'Organic food is a con'

Panel debate. Each panelist will make a short speech, after which the chair will facilitate cross-panel debate. The debate will then be opened up to questions from the audience.

Is organic food more nutritious, more humane, or more ethical. Or is it just a cynical trick by producers and retailers to scare consumers into paying higher prices for food that is essentially no different. Do organic rules make sense, forming a coherent alternative to conventional agriculture? Or are they a half-baked hotchpotch based on mysticism and wishful thinking rather than science and logic. Is a preference for organic food a harmless fad, a deplorable distraction - or a long-overdue sign of responsible consumer power.


Craig Sams - Green & Black's & Soil Assoc | talks
Julian Morris - International Policy Network | talks
Simon Wright - O&F Consulting | talks
Edward Lucas - The Economist | talks


Date and Time:

21 June 2005 at 6:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



8 John Adam Street
+44 20 7451 6868
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The Economist
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