Having been a farm vet for nearly 20 years I have learnt a huge amount about the role of agriculture in the wider world and this has served to highlight how much I have still to learn. Early in my career I realised how central to animal health their nutrition was and so began my obsession with this area, resulting in a Masters in the subject. I now appreciate that animal health and nutrition cannot be optimised without consideration of soil and environmental health as all, together with nutritional value to the consumer, are inextricably linked. I believe that agriculture can provide solutions to many of humanities current and future challenges and that nature holds many of the answers if we are prepared to take notice. I hope that vets can play a valuable role in connecting all these elements to contribute to a more holistic view.