Can we have an environmental forum section please?

Should we have an enviromental forum

  • Yes

    Votes: 72 85.7%
  • No need... It can all go in Agricultural Matters

    Votes: 12 14.3%

  • Total voters
    84

Chris F

Staff Member
Location
Hammerwich
A new forum is easy to create, but often important threads get missed if the forum isn't used a lot. So it is really up to you lot?
 
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Lazy Sod

Member
Location
Warminster
I think that the amount of viewing, and therefore participation, depends on where it is placed on the list. I never look at the Brexit one, for example, because it is tucked away down at the bottom by the ads.
 

Brisel

Member
Location
Dorset
I think that the amount of viewing, and therefore participation, depends on where it is placed on the list. I never look at the Brexit one, for example, because it is tucked away down at the bottom by the ads.
That's the best place for it! Instead of getting shouty in there, why not have a forum full of pictures of nice fluffy things & green spaces further up the page?
 

onesiedale

Member
Location
Derbyshire
Thinking logically, the place for environmental and conservation discussion should be in with the Holistic sections. After all, one of the core principles of holistic management is that the environment is central to everything that is what done with regards to land management
I know it is a relatively quiet part of TFF, but it is certainly growing and will no doubt be gaining traffic on the back of Groundswell.
 

Chris F

Staff Member
Location
Hammerwich
Thinking logically, the place for environmental and conservation discussion should be in with the Holistic sections. After all, one of the core principles of holistic management is that the environment is central to everything that is what done with regards to land management
I know it is a relatively quiet part of TFF, but it is certainly growing and will no doubt be gaining traffic on the back of Groundswell.
I think it should be a headline section on here personally. So in the top section.

We need to talk about and promote the environmental benefits of farming.
 

Cranman

Member
For good or bad, surely all agriculture is environmental? IMHO one of the main downsides of the internet is that it creates ideological and intellectual ghettos. If environmental issues are separated from Agricultural Matters a proportion of members will never look at it.
 
I think it should be a headline section on here personally. So in the top section.

We need to talk about and promote the environmental benefits of farming.
Aye
Thinking logically, the place for environmental and conservation discussion should be in with the Holistic sections. After all, one of the core principles of holistic management is that the environment is central to everything that is what done with regards to land management
I know it is a relatively quiet part of TFF, but it is certainly growing and will no doubt be gaining traffic on the back of Groundswell.
Sorry but I have to disagree. Nothing against holistics but its by no means the only route for the environmentally concerned. One of the core principles of a lot of people's farming is that the environment is central . To imply that holisticians (?!) have the monopoly on that would be a backward step .
Certainly put it in the main sections.
 

Chris F

Staff Member
Location
Hammerwich
For good or bad, surely all agriculture is environmental? IMHO one of the main downsides of the internet is that it creates ideological and intellectual ghettos. If environmental issues are separated from Agricultural Matters a proportion of members will never look at it.
True, but perception is also what matters on the internet. The general public are too often being "told" by the media farmers don't care about the environment. Regardless of truth, I bet if we polled 1000 people over half would say that was "true".

So its up to us to show our environment credentials, talk about them, wear them as a badge of pride. We can no longer just sit quietly and take a dignified silence knowing we are in the right. We need to show we are in the right. The big question I have, is if we create the forum, will it be really busy. As if we create it and it isn't used then it will just reinforce the public opinion. We are masters of our own fate, we just need to seize the day.
 
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Brisel

Member
Location
Dorset
True, but perception is also what matters on the internet. The general public are too often being "told" by the media farmers don't care about the environment. Regardless of truth, I bet it we polled 1000 people over half would say that was "true".

So its up to us to show our environment credentials, talk about them, wear them as a badge of pride. We can no longer just sit quietly and take a dignified silence knowing we are in the right. We need to show we are in the right. The big question I have, is if we create the forum, will it be really busy. As if we create it and it isn't used then it will just reinforce the public opinion. We are masters of our own fate, we just need to seize the day.
All good points, though I doubt Monbiot will use TFF traffic statistics to hang the industry out to dry.

How much time does it take you to create a sticky or a new sub forum?
 

Chris F

Staff Member
Location
Hammerwich
All good points, though I doubt Monbiot will use TFF traffic statistics to hang the industry out to dry.

How much time does it take you to create a sticky or a new sub forum?
Less than 30 seconds for either. Its not a technical problem at all (but I do have to be in the office at a main terminal).
 
I have no firm view one way or the other but surely a Conservation section, being placed prominently (near the top) may encourage some more non-farming or more eco-minded visitors/members to look in on the forum? A more diverse offering besides just agriculture, if that makes sense? I don't know if that is desirable in the minds of the owners and operators mind!
 

Clive

Staff Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lichfield
I have no firm view one way or the other but surely a Conservation section, being placed prominently (near the top) may encourage some more non-farming or more eco-minded visitors/members to look in on the forum? A more diverse offering besides just agriculture, if that makes sense? I don't know if that is desirable in the minds of the owners and operators mind!
TFF is already visited by a lot wider demographic than just farmers, is has to be as we get more unique visitors each more than there are farmers in the uk !

I would love to encourage more environmental discussion as I think as farmers we have a lot to offer in making significant improvements that we clearly need if we want a more sustainable future. It’s a massive opportunity for us all as well

We will create the new section tomorrow (can only access admin from a secure terminal in the office) and see where it goes
 

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