Why farming matters
Just as you depend on the UK's farmland for the food you eat every day, so does much of our wildlife.
The importance of farming in the UK
With around 75 per cent of the UK farmed, you can easily see what a huge influence farming has on nature.
In the post-war era, farming policy encouraged food production above all else, sadly often at the expense of wildlife. The UK now has some of the most sophisticated and productive farming in the world, and food shortages are thankfully a thing of the past.
But over the decades an unintended effect has been a reduction in other countryside qualities which we need and value - wildlife, landscape character, and water and soil quality.
Many farmers are leading the way to address this, showing it's possible to farm in a way which meets our food needs, gives nature a home and supports a diverse and thriving environment.
We think this should be how all food is produced, with farming which is good for people, farmers and nature. Help us change our food system to one which supports a countryside full of birds and other wildlife, which produces all the food we need.
Latest blog posts
Blog Post: Food and farming that’s Fair to Nature
Guest blog by Shelley Abbott, Fair to Nature facilitator and Kevin Rylands, Fair to Nature Advisory Development Officer Fair to Nature is about to grow and we (the Fair to Nature team) want to tell you more about it! Gold standard Fair to Nature is t...Posted 03/06/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Review of Agri-Food must work for Nature
Guest blog by Phil Carson, Policy Officer RSPB NI Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food Sector can play a pivotal role in addressing the nature and climate nature and climate emergency, at the same time as providing economic opportunities for rural communitie...Posted 26/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: Sharing farmer knowledge across the farming sector on ways to work with nature to reduce pesticide use – IPM survey.
Guest blog by Steph Morren, Senior Policy Officer Take the survey here Increasingly, farmers and other land managers are looking for ways to reduce their reliance on pesticides. This is due to a number of reasons including concern for the environment...Posted 25/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith
Blog Post: What the outcomes from the Welsh and Scottish elections mean for making our food system more nature friendly
Guest blog from Andrew Stark, Land Use Policy Offer RSPB Scotland and Rhys Evans, Policy Officer RSPB Cymru Scotland A new Parliament On May 6th, Scotland voted in a new Parliament and Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). There were 129 seats u...Posted 24/05/2021 by Kathryn Smith