Patrick Holden

Chief Executive, Sustainable Food Trust

Patrick Holden is a pioneer of the modern sustainable food movement, and is the Founding Director of the Sustainable Food Trust.

After studying biodynamic agriculture at Emerson College, he established a mixed community farm in Wales in 1973. He was the founding chairman of British Organic Farmers in 1982, before joining the Soil Association, where he worked for nearly 20 years and during which time the organisation led the development of organic standards and the market for organic foods.

He spearheaded several prominent food campaigns around BSE, pesticide residues and GM food. More recently, he was a member of the UK Government’s working group on the Foresight report into Future of Food and Farming and is Advisor to the Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit.

He is Patron of the UK Biodynamic Association and was awarded the CBE for services to organic farming in 2005.