Steve Dent – Perilous Journey

Talk title Perilous Journey 

How have we ended up here? What twists and turns in the story of human evolution have led us to the brink of climate catastrophe and existential threat from a global pandemic?

In “Perilous Journey”, Steve Dent takes us on a captivating and illuminating voyage, encompassing big themes like land ownership, capitalism, bad science, food waste, deforestation, sustainability and coronavirus. 

Steve’s talk identifies the wrong turnings we have made on our perilous journey as a species, but he also points the way towards what we need to do now – individually and collectively – to steer the course of our journey towards a better, happier and more harmonious future.


Steve Dent is an award-winning food blogger based in Worcester. His blog, The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen ( is packed with vegetarian and vegan recipes, each one accompanied by a brief polemic about some aspect of the food industry. Steve believes that the way we produce, distribute, regulate, package, buy, sell and discard the food we consume is an indication of a deeper societal malaise and a need for change. Steve’s recipes have appeared in various books, newspapers and magazines and feature regularly in on-line food websites.

Steve is involved in several local food projects and in 2017 helped set up Worcester Food Rescue, an initiative which collects edible food from supermarkets which has passed its “display by” date (and would therefore be destined for landfill), and distributes it to various charities in the city where it helps feed those who need it most. Steve is a trustee of Worcester Environment Group and a regular volunteer on the city’s Old North Stables Community Gardens, which aims to strengthen the community by sharing skills and knowledge about how to grow fruit and vegetables, reducing food miles, providing a closer connection with where our food comes from and providing local charities with a supply of fresh, organic herbs, vegetables and fruit.