Tom Levitt

Trehane Trust

I grew up in Cornwall, in a small hamlet outside of Saltash. Both my parents were academics, working on social issues. Both of their parents came from farming backgrounds. One side dairy farmers in Cheshire, the other pig farmers in Cambridgeshire. During my teenage years my family moved to Lancashire, where I stayed until leaving for University in York, for a BA in history and politics and then an MA in journalism at the university of Central Lancashire. I currently live in London, but am moving to Cheshire early next year.

My first job in journalism was at Farmers Guardian. A stroke of great fortune. I quickly gained a passion for both the subject matter and the industry and people within it. My journalism career since has seen me write about food and farming issues for a large number of media outlets, including the Independent and CNN. My job now is as an editor and journalist at the Guardian. My stories in the recent past have included front page pieces on the tragic issue of sheep farmers poisoned by using OPs and Tesco´s use of fictional farm brands.

As well as my work for the Guardian, I have written about the farming for Country Life, CNN, Farmers Guardian, the Independent and Vice. I've also been a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC radio talking about dairy and farming issues. Aside from journalism, I regularly chair Guardian and public debates on a range of issues and am on the advisory board for Foodsource, an initiative run by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

Before deciding to apply for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, I completed an MSc in Food Policy (with distinction) in 2015 at City University. Doing that MSc alongside my day-job at the Guardian has prepared me for doing the same again with my Nuffield - although I now also have a one-year old son to juggle too. Despite the busy year ahead, I am both proud and thankful to the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust for giving me this opportunity and to The Trehane Trust for sponsoring me. I hope to repay that faith over the next 18 months and beyond.