Work with farmers for immediate biodiversity improvements

This project in Ireland looked at local land use, what improvements could be made, what was already being done well and farm subsidy payments were linked to that. It's working with farmers, not detracting from good practise by only rewarding *new* projects. 

https://www.thebrideproject.ie/

Why the contribution is important

Working in collaboration with farmers, rewarding good practice rather than only rewarding "new" and reflecting local biodiversity/carbon capture needs. 

 

by LouHastie on October 25, 2020 at 09:03AM

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  • Posted by LynnJamieson October 25, 2020 at 12:55

    I've been following the literature on regenerative agriculture - minimizing ploughing but rather working with radically reduced tilage, cover crops and organic systems of mulching and composting to keep the soil covered as much as possible, companion planting and crop rotation to help rebuild carbon in the soil, increase healthy biodiversity and the nutrients in food. It can be win win.
  • Posted by Nestleaver1 October 25, 2020 at 21:29

    First stop the widespread practice of pre-harvest spraying with glyphosate. Over 90% of crops such as barley, wheat, oats and potatoes are sprayed with the toxic, carcinogenic, soil-destroying chemical 2 weeks prior to harvesting our food.
    Reinstate hefgerows too.
  • Posted by Eviaries October 25, 2020 at 23:38

    So important to replace industrial agriculture with regenerative farming and horticulture. Stop the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, including the ubiquitous glyphosate (Round-Up), as well as slurry.
    See the research and work of Walter Jehne, Alan Savory, Isabella Tree, Gabe Brown. The Scottish Soil Association is currently conducting field trials on the effects of mob-grazing.
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