Kerri Waters

Kerri Waters

Viva! Farming Project Coordinator

Kerri Waters is a PhD researcher and project coordinator for Viva! Farming – an organisation helping animal farmers transition to alternative forms of farming. Her interest in farming and food grew when she worked for Defra during her studies at the Rural Payment Agency processing subsidies for farmers. It was here where she first understood the financial and political problems the farming community faces in today’s modern food system. Driven by a passion for food, she has worked as a chef in kitchens across the UK and France. She was a spokesperson and farmer outreach coordinator for Animal Rebellion – a mass movement to bring about a transition to a just and sustainable plant-based food system, to halt mass extinction, alleviate the worst effects of climate breakdown and ensure justice for animals. She is currently conducting doctoral research looking at a just transition for animal farmers beyond animal-based agriculture.

Saturday
2:00pm

R3: Restore Panel

Join us for an enlightening discussion on the role of transitioning to a plant-based food system in environmental restoration, reforestation and ecosystem recovery. Learn from experts and campaigners about the need for a holistic approach to healing our planet, building resilience, and mitigating climate change through nature-based solutions.

Discover the importance of restoring key ecosystems, such as mangroves, peat bogs, forests, grasslands, and seagrass beds, and the role of reforestation projects in carbon sequestration and habitat restoration. Dive into the potential of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) and the conversion of existing Marine Protected Areas to no-fishing zones to address the ocean crisis.

Explore how subsidies and incentives can support farmers and landowners in good land stewardship, rewilding, reforestation, and transitioning from animal agriculture to diversified plant-based food production. Discuss the role of cities in increasing green spaces, wildlife corridors, and local growing schemes to enhance biodiversity and food justice.

Examine strategies for repurposing land, freed up from animal grazing and feed production, for rewilding, nature reserves and community gardens. Delve into the potential of shifting land ownership into community hands for reforestation, green space, and community food projects.

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