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The regenerative agriculture podcast, in search of practical solutions for climate and food security.
A co-production from Farmwel and FAI Farms.

Farm Gate ffinlo Costain

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

The regenerative agriculture podcast, in search of practical solutions for climate and food security.
A co-production from Farmwel and FAI Farms.

    The one with Six inches of Soil

    The one with Six inches of Soil

    In this programme, we discuss a feature film, Six Inches of Soil, which is currently in production in the UK.  The film is being crowd-funded by organisations and individuals, and its producers want to ensure that - even as we are driven towards an ecological precipice fuelled in part by an industrialised food system - we recognise that the dirt beneath our feet is what feeds us and makes our societies strong.

    ffinlo Costain is joined by Colin Ramsay, the director of Six Inches of Soil, and by Claire Mackensie, the film's producer.


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    • 33 min
    The politics of protein

    The politics of protein

    In this programme, we're talking about meat, fish and protein alternatives - and the competing claims about sustainability that are made by individuals and vested interests across the food sector and around the world. 

    IPES Food has released a new report, The Politics of Protein, and to discuss it, ffinlo Costain is joined from the USA by lead author, Phil Howard, and from Brussels by the director of IPES Food, Nick Jacobs.

    LINKS:
    https://twitter.com/IPESfood
    http://www.ipes-food.org/pages/politicsofprotein
    https://twitter.com/ffinlocostain
    https://twitter.com/NickJacobs11


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    • 44 min
    Forestry & land use

    Forestry & land use

    Demand for new woodland is growing for everything from timber to carbon sequestration. But forests take up space - and competition for land is increasing. How do we balance the demands of food production, nature, housing and infrastructure, with the need for new woodland and forest products?  

    ffinlo Costain is joined by Andrew Heald, a consultant specialising in sustainable forests and plantations, and by Martin Lines, the chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network.


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    • 50 min
    The meat paradox

    The meat paradox

    In this programme, ffinlo Costain talks to Rob Percival, author of The Meat Paradox.  

    We are not wild animals and yet we still kill other sentient creatures and eat them in their billions. Rob charts our relationship with meat, from the scavenging of carcasses on an ancient savannah to the industrialised systems that produce much of the meat we consume today. He finds that emotional conflict has challenged human consciousness for many thousands of years.


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    • 42 min
    The one with Hodmedods

    The one with Hodmedods

    In this programme, ffinlo Costain talks to Josiah Meldrum, co-founder of the successful on-line retailer, Hodmedods. Josiah works with British farms to source top quality beans, pulses and grains - particularly less well-known foods, like the fava bean, grown in Britain since the Iron Age, but now largely forgotten.  

    We talk about why Josiah thinks of Hodmedods as an agroecological retail business and about the need for strong supplier relationships. We discuss the benefits of scaling out rather than up, and the failure of fellow online food retailer, Farmdrop.


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    • 41 min
    Soil & satellites

    Soil & satellites

    In this programme we focus on the UK and East Africa and discuss how the carbon market can channel finance from carbon sequestration and storage to help fund broader land regeneration.

    ffinlo Costain speaks to Thomas Gent, the founder of Gentle Farming who works with the Agreena carbon payment platform, and Joona Mikkola, a regenerative agriculture specialist based in Uganda who founded Soil Watch, which monitors carbon levels and soil health using satellite data.


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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

EceniRising ,

Insightful, Inspiring, Educational

Just listened to the episode on Regenerative Agriculture and wish the entire podcast could be about this - so inspiring, thoughtful, and encouraging. Clearly looked at the issues and offered real world solutions.
Also fairly impressed that they were able to talk to the ‘Conservative Environmental Network’ without falling about laughing (or weeping) at the irony. But the interviewer kept their cool and it was useful to hear how the ruling class justifies itself to itself.
All round, really good stuff….

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