Radio 4

just sent this off after listening to the World at 1 during lunch, I wonder if I will get a response?

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am an avid Radio 4 listener as well as an organic/regenerative farmer.

I have just been listening to The World at 1, and they interviewed Dale Vince, who was saying something along the lines of, we need to stop eating meat for climate change, these type of comments were not questioned.

I would counter, that soil sequesters Carbon when grazed, especially in an regenerative way. Regenerative farming, means (with animals mob grazing) and prioritising allowing the soil biology to work, this makes the soil more fertile (by drawing down Carbon).

If we took grazing animals out of the equation, not only would 2/3 of the land in the UK come out of production, but the remaining 1/3 would have to gain it's fertility from artificial fertlisers, which are made by the use of Natural Gas, as well as continuing to lose soil organic matter (held Carbon).

I have also read that permanent pasture, when planted with trees emits Carbon as the trees grow, so newly planted woodland is only Carbon equal to grazing land (and only if the wood is never allowed to rot or burn). I recently read that the highest emitter of Carbon is actually wood rotting.

I have also read an article saying that large areas of Australia will probably have to be abandoned to agriculture, even if we limit climate change to 1.5 degrees. Bearing this in mind, is it sensible to stop farming 2/3 of the UK land bearing this in mind?

I hope you will look into these number crunching questions.

I do have some admiration for vegans being willing to make the awful sacrifice of not eating properly for what they believe are good reasons. The trouble is it is a little bit like joining a cult in that having heavily investing your soul into it you are very unwilling to accept any evidence that might suggest you were misguided.
Even more so when you have heavily invested in making a 'vegan football club'.


This "stop eating meat for the planet" gets trotted out at every opportunity, it trips out of the mouths of journalists every day.

People have been eating meat for ever, but not driving cars or flying in planes.
People have been eating meat for a long time, its just the quantities we consume these days are far more compared to historical meals. Medieval diet for instance only occasionally had a bit of meat at a meal. In Victorian times it was more common to find fish with a meal instead of meat as it was expensive.


I think the coverage is changing a little since the latest climate report. Only this morning the BBC ran a story on their website about making music tours more environmentally friendly. It was all about transport and power generation, nothing to do with food. The message might finally be getting through.

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...