Event 38 | George Monbiot | Regenesis


George Monbiot – Regenesis – Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet

From the bestselling author of Feral, George Monbiot gives a revolutionary vision of a future for food and for humanity. He argues that farming is the world’s greatest cause of environmental destruction – and one which we are least prepared to talk about. We criticise urban sprawl but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed and grazed great tracts of land, felling trees, killing wildlife and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Now the system is faltering. Monbiot urges how to resolve this dilemma.

In conversation with Samantha Knights

When: Saturday 12th November 2022 @ 10.30 am
Where: Electric Palace


George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental activist.  His best-selling books include Feral: Rewinding the Land, Sea and Human Life; Heat: how to stop the planet burning and Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. He has co-written the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan. His viral videos include: How Wolves Change Rivers and Nature Now co-presented with Greta Thunberg.
After graduating with a degree in zoology, Monbiot joined the BBC Natural History Unit as a radio producer making natural history and environmental programmes.  He transferred to the BBC’s World Service where he worked briefly as a current affairs producer and presenter before leaving to research his first book: Poisoned Arrows which is about what he called the ‘devastating effects’ of the partially World Bank-funded transmigration programme on the peoples and tribes of West Papua, a nation annexed by Indonesia. Other books followed on what could be considered as controversial subjects and lately more focused on issues affected by Climate Change.
Feeding the Wold without Devouring the Planet
Farming is the world’s greatest cause of environmental destruction and one we are least prepared to talk about.  We criticise the urban sprawl, but farming covers across thirty times as much land.  We have ploughed and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans in order to feed ourselves.  Yet millions still go hungry.  Now the food system itself is beginning to falter and Monbiot shows us in a bracingly original book, how we can resolve the biggest of our dilemmas and feed the world without devouring the planet.  REGENESIS is a breathtaking vision of a new future for food.  Drawing upon astonishing advances in soil ecology, Monbiot reveals how to change understanding of the world beneath our feet could allow us to grow more food with less farming.


Samantha Knights QC is a barrister at Matrix where she specialises in refugee, trafficking, prison and public law. She is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law where she has co-taught courses on international human rights law for a number of years, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. In addition to her legal practice she has written two books including the recently published Law, Rights and Religion (2021).  Aside from her legal career she is co-director of Shute Festival, an arts and literature festival now in its 7th year, which has a particular interest in landscape and the environment. She lives in East Devon where she manages a wild flower meadow.

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