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Practical solutions for climate and food security.
A podcast collaboration from Farmwel and FAI Farms.

Farm Gate ffinlo Costain

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Practical solutions for climate and food security.
A podcast collaboration from Farmwel and FAI Farms.

    Farming & mental health

    Farming & mental health

    A farming life is generally a good life but it can be demanding & stressful.  It's hardly surprising that farmers can feel isolated, depressed, or unable to cope.  

    ffinlo Costain talks to Graham Morgan MBE, about farming, mental health, & mental illness.  Graham works for the Mental Health Commission for Scotland & volunteers with HUG action for mental health.  Graham's book, Start, describes his life, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.  It is fresh, unguarded, rather joyful, and surprisingly funny.  

    Graham recently spoke about mental illness to a conference organised by the National Farmers' Union of Scotland.  


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    • 33 min
    Conservatives & the Environment - Interview with Sam Hall

    Conservatives & the Environment - Interview with Sam Hall

    Sam Hall is the director of the highly influential Conservative Environment Network.  With nearly 60 MPs making up its parliamentary caucus, CEN is the most important and influential network of environmentally-motivated Conservative activists and politicians in the United Kingdom.


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    • 38 min
    Ruminant methane, global warming, & GWP*

    Ruminant methane, global warming, & GWP*

    I'm talking to Professor Myles Allen & Dr John Lynch (University of Oxford), & Roland Bonney (farmer, & co-founder of FAI Farms & Benchmark Holdings).

    Although cattle and sheep produce methane almost constantly, the focus on their emissions is misleading – it’s the warming impact of those emissions that actually matters.  Far from being unsustainable, as many people continue to argue, well-managed grass-based cattle and sheep systems can become rapidly climate neutral and help to restore biodiversity and soil health.  Research by a global team of scientists based at the University of Oxford has established a new way of measuring the impacts of methane - a metric known as GWP*.  This metric allows us to accurately assess the impact of ruminant methane for the first time.


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    • 29 min
    Is vegan a dirty word?

    Is vegan a dirty word?

    Dr Tara Garnett (FCRN) and Caroline Grindrod (Primal Meats) join ffinlo Costain to discuss whether 'vegan' has become a dirty word?


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    • 25 min
    Sustainable monoculture?

    Sustainable monoculture?

    Farm Gate host, ffinlo Costain, interviews Leontino Balbo Junior (Balbo Group), who produces 35% of the world's organic sugar.  Speaking direct from Brazil, Leontino explains how he transformed his farm (http://www.canaverde.com.br/) from standard agriculture to a high yield regenerative success story.  




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    • 37 min
    Discussion - Vets & sustainability

    Discussion - Vets & sustainability

    In this panel discussion, ffinlo Costain is joined by Gudrun Ravetz (former president, British Veterinary Association), and Laura Higham (Vet Sustain).  We discuss the link between animal welfare, and good environmental management and farm performance.


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    • 32 min

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