On the Future of Food

Posted on May 23, 2012

On the Future of Food

Feeding the planet sustainably is one of the world’s most pressing challenges.

In his keynote speech at the Future of Food conference, HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, sounded the alarm for an earth on the brink of agricultural disaster.

Soils are being depleted, demands for water growing ever more voracious, and the entire system is at the mercy of an increasingly fluctuating price of oil.

Although the Prince seemed an unlikely messenger, he drew upon his nearly 30 years of organic farming experience and sustainable food advocacy, artfully revealing the true costs of industrial agriculture — from soil degradation to water contamination — while raising hope for a future that is more ecologically viable.


“So far as I know, only one eminent person has had both the clarity to see and the courage to speak candidly about the obvious failures and dangers of industrial agriculture. That person is Prince Charles of the United Kingdom, who took his stand and made his challenge to industrial agriculture many years ago.”Wendell Berry


From Speech to Book

Environmentalist and author Laurie David was in the audience that day. She immediately connected with the Prince’s message and, recognizing an opportunity to make a greater case — to a wider audience — for more sustainable food systems, David teamed with Rodale Books and GRACE Communications Foundation, a co-sponsor of the event, to create a printed publication of the speech.

GRACE also created OnTheFutureofFood.org as a place where people can learn more about the issues raised in the book, and what we can individually and collectively do to create positive change.

The book contains a foreword by Wendell Berry and an afterword by Will Allen and Eric Schlosser, all preeminent voices in the sustainable food movement.


“The Prince of Wales gave an important address on the heels of one of the biggest events in his life — his son’s wedding. With the eyes of the world upon him and his family, the Prince shined a spotlight on the dangerous nature of our current food system, clearly laying out how we got into this mess and how we can get out.”Laurie David


Visit OnTheFutureofFood.org.