Farming can contribute to climate change, but there is a solution….

Carbon Neutral Cambridge (who organised the Zero Futures Symposium in May 2019) have worked closely with local farmers to share practical solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. With funding from South Cambridgeshire District Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate, they have produced a film following five local commercial farmers and how they are adapting their farming practices to help cut carbon and double nature. If you would like to regenerate your soil health, have an interest in where your food comes from and how it can be grown in a more sustainable way. Watch the following film to find out more.

Janet Hughes, head of sustainable farming at DEFRA:

“An inspiring film from Cambridgeshire, worth watching From the Ground Up”

Prof Jenni Dungaith, one of the leading global soil experts:

“I found this completely inspiring and the farmers so rational and well-informed.”

Useful links:

  • Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) – NFFN are a group of farmers who have come together to champion a way of farming which is sustainable and good for nature. They hope you will join them to help highlight that farming and nature can go hand in hand. The network is open to farmers and the public alike and there is no cost to join.
  • Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) – They work to inspire and enable sus­tain­able farm­ing that is pros­per­ous, enrich­es the envi­ron­ment and engages local communities.
  • Sustain – The alliance for better food and farming. They believe everyone should have access to healthy and sustainably produced food that protects people, animals and the planet.
  • Cambridge Sustainable Food – An innovative and growing partnership of public, private and community organisations in Cambridge and the surrounding villages. They work with each other to promote a vibrant local food system all along the supply chain and in our community.
  • Permaculture Association – Using permaculture design empowers you to make the right choices for a sustainable future. Whether you are involved in gardening, farming, planning, building homes, economic regeneration, or business.

Carbon Neutral Cambridge

Carbon Neutral Cambridge is a not-for-profit community-based organisation, focussed on accelerating the transition to fair and healthy carbon neutrality within the Greater Cambridge region.

South Cambridgeshire District Council

The District Council‘s vision is to lead the transition to low carbon living in South Cambridgeshire. The Council’s Zero Carbon Strategy aims to:

  • Put its own house in order, so it is an example to others, and work with partners to encourage the adoption of its own high ambitions at scale;
  • Look at all of its work through a green and fair lens, promoting innovative low carbon solutions that also address problems of fuel poverty and lack of access to affordable housing and good public transport;
  • Encourage low carbon energy generation in the district in suitable settings;
  • Be ambitious in its support of new woodland, which will helps to double nature as well as reach net zero carbon

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