Safe Food Institute

The Safe Food Institute was established to conduct high quality research into issues of food safety and environmental impacts of industrial agriculture. We collaborate with other research organisations and institutes to conduct independent research and supply the resulting data to the public.

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Safe Food Institute Founders

The Safe Food Institute was founded by Scott Kinnear, Clive Blazey and Patrick Holden as a research institute to investigate issues of food safety and quality. All three directors have a long history of involvement in movements to promote both safe food and farming.


Safe Food Institute co-founder and co-director, Scott Kinnear, originally studied Agricultural Science and has been a pivotal figure in the organic food industry for the last 20 years. The founder and owner of Organic Wholefoods, a veritable Melbourne organic institution with two stores in the city, Scott is the former and founding Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia, former director of Biological Farmers of Australia and former Chair of the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES). Scott is the former Director of Hepburn Wind from start until November 2011 and the current Director of  the Safe Food Institute and Foundation.


Safe Food Institute co-founder and co-director, Clive Blazey is the Executive Chairman and founder of The Digger’s Club, Australia’s largest garden club, and the author of no less than five books. Founded in 1978, The Digger’s Club is ‘anti-G.M., anti-industrial agriculture and pro-organic, campaigning to increase the growing of food in our backyards.’ Also laying claim to the most abundant range of heirloom vegetables, fruit plants and cottage flowers in Australia, The Digger’s Club teaches gardening, runs workshops, publishes books and  boasts two historic gardens including ‘Heronswood’ which ‘has two buildings listed on the Register of National Estate.’


Safe Food Institute co-founder and co-director, Patrick Holden trained in Biodynamic farming at Emerson College in Sussex. His 250 acre mixed hill farm near Lampeter is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales. Having served as Director of the Soil Association between 1995 and 2010, he recently stepped down to establish a new organisation, The Sustainable Food Trust, which will work to promote increased international cooperation between those working in the field of sustainable agriculture. He is also International Ambassador of the Soil Association, is a member of the UK Government’s Foresight International Food Security Working Group, an advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and Patron of the Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association, Living Earth Land Trust and the Soil Association Land Trust. Patrick is one of the founders and directors of The Sustainable Food Trust.

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