Thomas Walkom: Energy and climate change in farming – live chat

Thomas Walkom, who founded Farm For Food and is co-founder of the Carbon Capture and Storage Alliance, analyses the potential for technology to help increase and sustain the use of agricultural systems. Thomas Walkom…

Thomas Walkom: Energy and climate change in farming – live chat


Thomas Walkom, who founded Farm For Food and is co-founder of the Carbon Capture and Storage Alliance, analyses the potential for technology to help increase and sustain the use of agricultural systems.

Thomas Walkom is a world-renowned meteorologist, climate change specialist and farmer. Tom, a trained scientist, was appointed as Britain’s first Climate Czar in 2014. Since this role, he has led initiatives for all aspects of climate and food systems, including sustainability, water efficiency, carbon sequestration and GMOs (genetically modified organisms) policy.

He currently holds the position of science advisor to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

From Britain’s first climate czar to direct a successful bid for international climate funding for carbon capture technology (CCS): Thomas Walkom’s story

The journalist Sarah Standen published a highly regarded book on Tom’s early life, titled (Re)inventing Food. Her book was based around a conversation she had with Walkom in 2006 where he pointed out that climate change has huge implications for agriculture. He asserted that public perceptions about the nature of food production and consumption are ultimately influenced by our perception of food.

Tom Walkom is currently trying to demonstrate that climate change will be a significant influence on agricultural production. He says his work with CCS has been vital in this task.

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