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15th December 2021

Planet-friendly diets won’t ruin farmers

Farming, particularly livestock farming, is often touted as a cause of climate change and biodiversity loss. We believe it can be part of the solution too.

This session will look at how farmers are an integral part of a transition to a food system where everyone has access to a planet-friendly diet with more plants and better meat.

We will start by looking into what ‘better’ livestock production looks like and what the transition to food and farming systems that deliver healthy and sustainable diets and support the livelihoods of farmers. What are the policy and financial instruments available for this transition? What is missing? What are the threats? We will look at some practical examples from agroecological farmers and their stories of transition to systems that work with nature and not against it as well as experience from SFP network members in engaging with farmers. We will round up with a panel discussion that will look into some of the challenges and role of local action.


1. What does ‘better’ looks like and how do we get there

James Woodward works for Sustain in the farming team and focuses on agroecology, agricultural policy and supply chains. He has previously worked for the National Farmers’ Union, Natural England and Defra on various areas of farming policy and advice, as well as on his family’s sheep and beef farm in Cumbria.

2. Practical examples from Nikki Yoxall and Dan Burdett

Nikki Yoxall is a first generation farmer based in NE Scotland where she and her husband run Grampian Graziers. She works with the Pasture Fed Livestock Association to support the links between academic research and PFLA farmers and members. Nikki is a PhD student at the Countryside and Community Research Institute investigating agroecological transitions, she sits on the board of NatureScot and the Nature Friendly Farming Network Scotland steering group. @Howemill

Dan Burdett is a dairy farmer from West Sussex, managing two organic herds totalling 480 cows, supplying milk to McDonalds through Co-op Arla. He is passionate about increasing diversity on the farms and looking for ways to regenerate the soils. He recently finished his Nuffield Farming Scholarship entitled "Regenerative Agriculture: How to make the change happen". @farmerdanb

3. Panel discussion chaired by Peter Samson, Food and Growing Coordinator, Food Durham and smallholder producing Shetland hogget

Register for session: Planet-friendly diets won’t ruin farmers, 11 Jan, 10-11h30