The conversation on climate change continues with farming taking a bashing again, yet the agricultural industry continuously adapts its practices to mitigate its impact on the planet. Most of those working our land do so because they love our natural world and accept the responsibility of custodians of our land. They protect large swathes of our countryside for millions of us to enjoy, they put food on our tables, they set some extremely high standards in animal welfare - which other countries would do well to follow – they work longs hours, often in challenging weather, within a politically and economically unstable system. Whilst the majority of farmers acknowledge we need to embrace diversity, the hostility from some extreme factions wanting us pedants to become a nation of herbivores makes our farming community the recipients of an unreasonably unfair amount of bad press.
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you – our farmers must often feel their jobs are a thankless task. Education has a large role to play in showing the general public the really positive work that goes on in our countryside. Initiatives such as Open Farm Sunday, which happens every June, every year, exists to bring people on to farm so they can learn about farm life - over 250,000 people visited a farm this year on Open Farm Sunday. FarmLink is a ‘Classroom in the Countryside’ – an opportunity for school children to step outside, on to a working farm, in a ‘handson’ approach to learning about farming life and where food comes from. 40,000 children enjoy the experience each year. On an industry level, The Farming Forum recently launched its own public facing campaign #TheSolution in support of its members, and an attempt to debunk some myths about farming practices. The campaign evidences facts - what our farming industry does to protect our environment. The campaign is going out across social media and is gaining traction and thelandsman team is working with TFF to extend its reach.
A set of graphics is available – you can share them across social media. Email us at email@example.com if you want to help share some facts around farming or learn more about the campaign. Once again, this issue contains plenty of interesting articles for the farmer, the hobby farmer and for lovers of our beautiful land. We hope you enjoy the read. Rebecca Hacker & thelandsman team
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