Starting with small farmers
In the UK, the agricultural sector is responsible for around 10% of all greenhouse emissions. This number has not reduced in 10 years, unlike every other industry. Alongside this, the UK's food poverty rate is among the highest in Europe. Despite being the sixth richest country in the world, millions are struggling to access the food they need. It's not just the quantity but also the nutrition of food, which has decreased as the quality of soils are impacted by the use of fertilisers.
In order to overcome these challenges, there needs to be huge changes made in the sector and radical innovation is being pushed for.
‘With over 73% of our land used for agriculture in the UK, farmers have become the primary stewards of nature, climate and health.’
This really inspired our thinking to understand this complex system through the lens of farmers, especially small family-run farmers who are known to practice more sustainably and could potentially hold valuable lessons if not answers to a more sustainable future. We wanted to know if there was a way we could intervene to support this important group to thrive in the world of modern agriculture.