Agroecological farming methods can increase productivity and help farms to become sustainable.
The farming industry is under increasing pressure to become more sustainable to help tackle the UK’s climate crisis.
Environmental issues that farms contribute to include deforestation, wildlife loss, soil degradation and pollution.
An independent RSA report by the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission has said that the UK must completely transition to a sustainable food system and agroecological farming methods by 2030 or face further climate breakdown and the continued rise in diet-related ill-health.
Agroecology is the science of sustainable farming. Agroecological farming using farming methods that work with and enhance natural and social systems.
These natural methods can produce healthier, more nutritious food, increase farm productivity, and make agriculture more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Examples of agroecological farming methods include:
Organic farming– An environmentally friendly method of farming that uses ecological pest control and biological fertilisers instead of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilisers.
Agroforestry – The planting of trees in and around farmland to look after the environment and improve a farm’s productivity.
Pasture-fed livestock– Livestock that roams freely and eats a primarily foraged diet rather than being fed foods like cereal and soya.
Conservation agriculture– Using farming practices such as crop rotation, cropping system diversity, soil covers, and minimum soil disturbance to manage and protect the soil.
Biological pest control–This agroecological farming practice uses natural enemies including predators and pathogenic nematodes to control pests.
Financing the transition to agroecological farming methods
Within the report, the commission warned that farmers will struggle to completely transition without “stable” policy, regulation, advice and access to finance and innovation.
Here at Richmond Asset Finance we understand the unique financial challenges that farmers face today. We help farmers grow their business by providing flexible agricultural finance and effective farm finance strategies for various sized projects.
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