Zero Carbon Consultants 

Agriculture 

From both an economic and an environmental point of view many of our current methods of intensive farming are unsustainable.

Modern intensive farming is dependent on government subsidies, produces vast amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous-oxide and pollution. Worryingly, the millions of litres of pesticides, weed killers and concentrated nitrogen fossil fuel-based fertilisers which are poured onto the fields drain into our rivers, water supplies and oceans, killing biodiversity and causing human health problems which are only just being discovered.

Learn more  https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmpublic/Agriculture/memo/AB26.htm

The UK government's own figures state that over 80% of all UK arable farmland is now dead due to its lack of microbial life, invertebrates and organic soil bacteria. Learn more

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/805926/State_of_the_environment_soil_report.pdf

There are alternatives, such as Vertical farming, Hydroponics, no-till and regenerative farming techniques offering low chemical and low water use with greatly reduced land use. Also increasing space for hedges and wild vegetation supports wildlife and reduces pesticide use by allowing natures own insect-eaters do the job. 

Mixed-use farming where livestock can graze freely over arable land helping to fertilize and regenerate the soil without artificial fertilizer is also being recognised as a soil friendly technique which is being supported by the UN and farmers across the globe.

There are a wide variety of arable and livestock techniques, crops and species which can be blended to complement each other and we can advise on how to incorporate the most appropriate solutions to match your needs. 

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