NFFN Cymru and a Green Recovery: How farming can be the solution

I love the line ‘The wonderful thing about food is that you get to vote three times a day.’ HB

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of our dysfunctional relationship with nature, environment and our food with studies linking the disease to…

NFFN Cymru and a Green Recovery: How farming can be the solution

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to NFFN Cymru and a Green Recovery: How farming can be the solution

  1. Great line from inspirational article

  2. I have just read ‘Sitopia’ by Carolyn Steel which I think you might find interesting – all about the dysfunctionality of our current relationship with food. I have also requested from the library ‘English Pastoral’ by James Rebanks which I think explores similar issues – his ‘The Shepherd’s Life’ was excellent. I am not involved in the conference but know people who are.

  3. gaiainaction says:

    Good ideas and intentions. It seems that the trend is to discourage the small farmer from continuing to keep farming by making it very difficult for them.

    • Helen says:

      Do you think this is the case in Ireland/Belgium (making it difficult for small farms)?

      As far as I’m aware, in Britain simply hasn’t considered the impact of allowing big business to flourish. Perhaps I’m being naive, because after all big business means cheaper food. And it saves the government the headache of having to look so closely at poverty. Until now during this pandemic!

      • gaiainaction says:

        Exactly Helen. These huge farming corporations can produce vegetables so much cheaper and these vegetables are sold very cheap in the supermarkets, the small farmer cannot compete. It’s more complicated of course but I must admit that I am not too well up in it.

        • Helen says:

          I understand that in the first lockdown people did turn to farms for their vegetables. Not sure how many stayed loyal but I think the vegetable share I get each from my local organic farm is really good value fir money. That said, as I don’t buy such from supermarkets, I don’t know the price difference.

          • gaiainaction says:

            Yes they did, we did too until our own vegetables started to be harvest. But then the markets closed and many people took the easy way out buying in the supermarkets. Some farms did home deliveries though which was great. There are always ways and means aren’t there.

          • Helen says:

            Of course! I just hope that there has been a positive and lasting change overall.

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