As the ORFC moves into its second decade, it continues to be at the nexus of debates on the future of food and farming. Growing year on year, it’s starting to feel like the conference is about to overrun its capacity in Oxford Town Hall. When I arrived, rather late on the morning of the first day, getting up the stairs to the registration table was a slow, difficult navigation. This year attendance at the conference topped at over 1000 and tickets were gone by late October.
Things have moved on from last year, with the recent General Election finalising the course that Brexit now appears to be taking. There was no heartening talk hailing a sustainable future for farming