Food Tank spoke with Carlo Leifert, a professor at Newcastle University, who will be speaking at the Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C.
Carlo has been Research Development Professor of Ecological Agriculture at Newcastle since 2000 and Director of the Stockbridge Technology Centre Ltd (STC) since 2001. He leads the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group (NEFG) and currently manages R&D projects focused on
applied agronomic R&D to improve quality and safety and reduce costs in sustainable and organic food production systems,
interactions between food production methods and food quality (especially nutritional and sensory quality) and safety characteristics and
the selection/breeding of crop and livestock varieties suitable for “low input” and organic production systems.
He is a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural science and a member of the academic advisory board of the Thünen Institute (the German Federal Research Institute for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries).
Between 1999 and 2009 Carlo was a member of TESCO’s Food quality and Safety expert panel and advisory board of Nature’s choice.
Prior to his appointment at Newcastle University he worked as a research manager in a plant biotechnology/breeding company (Neo Plants Ltd. 1986-1990), as technical director of a vegetable production and processing firm (Howegarden Ltd.; 1996-1999) and as a research fellow/lecturer at Manchester (1990-1993) and lecturer/SL at Aberdeen University (1993-2000).