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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.

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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.

    Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration

    Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration

    Despite the absence of food systems, soil and agriculture from the top negotiating table at COP26, these subjects did, at last, emerge as key themes at side events inside the COP conference village. The Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration - initiated by Nourish Scotland and IPES Food - was a key factor in pushing this focus on food systems up the policy agenda.

    ffinlo Costain discusses the purpose, legacy and future of the Declaration with Pete Ritchie, Executive Director of Nourish Scotland, and Chantal Clément, Deputy Director, of IPES Food.


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    • 48 min
    Good COP, Bad COP?

    Good COP, Bad COP?

    Was COP26 in Glasgow a success? In this programme we do a stock take. What was achieved at COP26 – in terms of global warming and agricultural land use? What was missing? What was fundamentally misunderstood at the top table? And what do we need to do next, to ensure that an agroecological transition is lifted firmly onto the negotiating table at COP27 and beyond?

    ffinlo Costain, the founder of the Food & Global Security Network, is joined by Sue Pritchard, the chief executive of the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission, and Patrick Holden, the founder of the Sustainable Food Trust.


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    Vicki Hird & Rebugging The Planet

    Vicki Hird & Rebugging The Planet

    ffinlo Costain talks to Vicki Hird - a farming expert and author who's been at the heart of environmental, food and agricultural policy discussions for over 30 years.  Her new book, Rebugging The Planet, is set to be the must-buy stocking filler for Christmas this year. 

    We discuss the new book, which shows us that bugs are beautiful, charismatic and economically valuable.  We also discuss food and farming policy, and how the new post-Brexit farm payments will affect agricultural land use in England.  

    Vicki Hird is also head of sustainable farming at Sustain.


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    Are farm animals emotional?

    Are farm animals emotional?

    Do farm animals experience emotions, or are the behaviours people perceive as emotions purely an instinctive response?  Do cows, for example, feel happy or depressed?  And should a farm animal's ability to react instinctively, or to respond emotionally, affect the way that we care for and handle livestock?

    ffinlo Costain, the chief executive of Farmwel, is joined by Professor David Main from the Royal Agricultural University, and by Rachel Horler, a cattle farmer from Maundrils Farm in Somerset, UK.


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    • 36 min
    Stacking sheep & solar energy

    Stacking sheep & solar energy

    The best solutions for land use deliver multiple outcomes - especially in places where land is relatively scarce and expensive. What if we could combine the farming of electricity from the sun with land management that regenerates the soil and produces high quality nutrition?  

    ffinlo Costain talks to Trent Hendricks and Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall.  

    Trent is from Cabriejo Ranch in Missouri, USA, where he produces lamb and beef with certification from the American Grassfed Association and the Allan Savory Land to Market programme.  Sophy lives in Wiltshire and provides community engagement and communications advice for the UK solar industry.


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    • 41 min
    Do we need an IPCC for food?

    Do we need an IPCC for food?

    This year's UN Food Systems Summit is being seen by many as an opportunity to define the future of food. The summit may also be the launch pad for a new science & policy interface - what's being described as an 'IPCC for Food'.  But do we really need an IPCC for Food? Shouldn't we simply better fund and better utilise the mechanisms we already have?

    ffinlo Costain is joined by food systems experts from IPES Food. Jennifer Clapp, from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, is part of the UN's High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Molly Anderson is a specialist in hunger, food systems, and multi-actor collaborations for sustainability from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA.


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    • 38 min

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