Rosie Boycott

Journalist, publisher, author and Chair of the London Food Board

Rosie Boycott has a long and distinguished career history as a journalist, publisher and author, including having been the editor of several national newspapers, including the Express and the Independent on Sunday, the Independent, and being co-founder of the influential feminist magazine Spare Rib in the 1970s.

After leaving the Express, she started a small farm, wrote a book about it – Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding – and in 2008 she was appointed as Chair of the London Food Board to advise the then Mayor of London on sustainable food policy implementation in the capital. In 2016, the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, asked Rosie to lead the development of a new London Food Strategy to help the food system to work better to meet the needs of everyone who lives and works in London.

She writes regularly and speaks all over the world about the role of cities, and the importance of food in improving health, tackling childhood obesity and helping to reduce carbon emissions contributing to climate change.

Food is political, May 12th, 2017, Lecture Hall


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