Tony Juniper: Can the UK become a world leader on the environment?

Last night I went to a compelling talk from Tony Juniper, a prominent environmentalist and author of various books including 'What Nature Does for Britain'. Alongside support from the Devon Wildlife Trust, he argued that there is a need for a new environment act, and that now is the time to do it. Brexit may... Continue Reading →

A people’s manifesto for wildlife: a short summary of farming ideas and a suggestion

Chris Packham, alongside a host of other influential conservationists, farmers, researchers, campaigners, and students have just published their first draft of a people's manifesto for wildlife. Whilst reading through the 200 suggestions it became clear that this publication has been based on robust scientific evidence alongside an integrated approach from the 'ministers'. This is something... Continue Reading →

Soil: Life support for life itself!

I've written about why soil is important and how to protect it. The UK only has 30-40 years of fertile soils left if we continue to degrade soils at current rates; without soil, we won't have food.

Vegans vs. farmers: Healthy debate or all-out war?

I am sick of seeing nasty narratives coming from both vegans and farmers. The most frustrating part is that we're talking about a tiny minority of both groups; most vegans are peaceful and non-judgemental, and most farmers are just doing their best to feed the country, with most genuinely caring about their animals. I'm not against a healthy debate to express your views, but recently the rhetoric has been all-out war and that's not productive.

Farming to increase productivity whilst protecting the environment: Sustainable Intensification

I've written about what sustainable intensification is, the challenges it faces, and how it could lead to increased food production without further damaging the environment.

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