I have had the following comment sent to me with regard to the Carbon Footprint work " inevitably, that 'it is the oil based fertiliser what does it!' The state of agri land is quite frankly poor. Any consideration/research being given to how to change that with more natural inputs? The oil WILL run out and even before it does, it is going to get ever more costly."
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This is going to be the chief challenge for all farmers & governments and has been highlighted by the recent debate around food security: how can you produce more food using significantly fewer resources. Conventional inputs rely on oil and there will need to be a significant reduction in their reliance in the future. At Hope Farm we will be using the results of the Carbon Footprint work to identify what steps and research are required to grow profitable food whilst increasing biodiversity and decreasing our environmental footprint. It also raises a debate around whether this can only be done using organic systems or could it be achieved through significantly lower input conventional farming.
Chris Bailey Farmland Project Manager
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