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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.

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The UK government's own figures state that over 75% of all UK arable farmland is now devoid of microbial life, invertebrates and organic soil bacteria.

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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.

Results from a 30-year ongoing study published by researchers at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station show that over the long-term, no-till agriculture produces improved crop yields. Over time no-till agriculture improves crop yield and has positive environmental impacts by creating higher quality soil and reducing the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.

“When we look over time, initially, when the land is converted to no-till there’s no difference in yield,” Haddad said. “Yet over time every year the crop yield in no-till treatments becomes higher and higher relative to conventional agriculture. 

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Mixed-use farming where livestock can graze freely over arable land helping to fertilise and regenerate the soil without artificial fertiliser 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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The financial sector is aware of the urgency of the crisis in global soil health and taking steps to promote better practices.

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