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Find out more about Low Carbon Food

There is a wealth of information out there to help you on your low carbon journey, from websites to podcasts, video clips to community groups. Here are our top picks.

Select a category to find website links, Podcasts, YouTube links and more or simply browse them all for inspiration.

Home Grown Here

Home Grown Here is a co-operative of growers and veg box schemes aspiring to build a better food system for Cumbria. We grow a wide variety of fruit and veg year-round in our fields and polytunnels across Cumbria and deliver them to you through our local veg box schemes.

Pasture for Life

Grazing animals on 100% pasture brings positive impacts for biodiversity and carbon, human health and wellbeing, and animal health and welfare. Pasture for Life works on the ground, every day, to restore ecosystems, implement positive change in our food and farming systems, and demonstrate the benefits of 100% pasture fed.

North Pennines National Landscape

Future Fair case study – Hallbankgate and Tarnhouse farms

Ian and Rebecca farm 7000 acres altogether. Their land is spread over two farms and they are both owners, at Hallbankgate Farm, and tenants at Tarnhouse Farm, farmland rented from the RSPB reserve at Geltsdale.

NFU

NFU towards Net Zero

The NFU has set the ambitious goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England and Wales by 2040. This is our contribution to the UK’s ambition of net zero by 2050

Climate Change Commitee

Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK

This report presents the CCC’s first ever in-depth advice on UK agricultural and land use policies. The report assesses the way we use our land today and the changes required in how we farm and use land in order to deliver the UK Government’s Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050.

Nature Friendly Farming Network

Nature Friendly Farming Network

We are a group of farmers who have come together to champion a way of farming which is sustainable and good for nature. The NFFN will raise awareness of nature friendly farming, share insights and experience and work together for better policies for food and farming.

sustainable food trust

Sustainable Food Trust

A UK-wide transition to sustainable and regenerative farming practices, to tackle the climate, nature and public health crises, could produce enough food to maintain and potentially even improve current levels of self-sufficiency, provided we ate differently, ate less and cut food waste.

Sustainable Food Places

Sustainable Food Places

Our Network brings together pioneering food partnerships from towns, cities, boroughs, districts and counties across the UK that are driving innovation and best practice on all aspects of healthy and sustainable food.

The James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute

The James Hutton Institute is a well-respected and globally recognised research organisation delivering fundamental and applied science to drive the sustainable use of land and natural resources.

Farm Carbon Toolkit

The Climate Friendly Farm Toolkit

In order to respond to climate change and help build resilience for future generations, all sectors of society are tasked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Understanding your footprint is a vital first step in order to gain a perspective on your environmental impacts and identify opportunities. This can help the resilience and profitability of the business because high carbon emissions tend to be linked to high use of resources and wastage.

Soil Association

The Soil Association

The Soil Association is the charity working with everyone to transform the way we eat, farm and care for our natural world.

What is food security? (soilassociation.org)

Save Our Soil | Soil Association

Urban Worm

The Urban Worm

The Urban Worm CIC is a social enterprise committed to raising the profile of worm farming as the ecological and economical solution for organic waste management and organic agriculture. We support schools, communities, businesses, farmers and families harnessing the power of the humble earthworm to build the foundations for food production to flourish, and for societies to thrive in the face of adversity.

 

land Workers Alliance

The Landworkers' Alliance

The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers. Our mission is to improve the livelihoods of our members and create a better food and land-use system for everyone.

Guardians of Grub

Wasted food eating into your profits? The Guardians of Grub are here to help you rise up against the 1.1 million tonnes of food thrown away by the Hospitality and Food Service industry every year. So, take a stand against wasted food. Help your business, the environment and the community by using our Guardians of Grub Cost Saving Calculator to find out how much money you could save.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation Logo

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Forest, land and agriculture-related emissions are responsible for 22% of global greenhouse gas emissions, making land sector emissions reductions a powerful lever in mitigating climate change. Food and beverage companies are uniquely positioned to act as catalysts for climate mitigation by measuring, reporting and reducing their land-sector emissions in line with scientific standards.

Thomas Jardine & Co

Zero Carbon and the Food Supply Chain

We are all aware of the potential impact of CO2 emissions.  Most of us have a level of concern and most of us are doing our bit to reduce it.  Individual actions often feel too insignificant to matter and this often justifies inaction.  We forget that ‘us’ is made of individuals and eventually individual actions cause change (unfortunately that’s how we got to where we are now).

Sustainable Food Trust

The Sustainable Food Trust podcast questions current food production methods and sheds light on the future of farming.

BBC

BBC: Can we eat our way out of Climate Change?

Changing what we eat could be one of the fastest ways to slow down climate change. But moving the world to a new diet would not be easy.

BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4: The Food Programme

A Life Through Food. The Food Programme profiles the great and good through their food stories.

land Workers Alliance

The Landworkers Radio

The Landworkers’ Alliance, along with the help of Georgie Styles and Frontline Foodcast bring you our COP podcasts. These podcasts look at how food sovereignty and agroecology offer key solutions to the climate crisis and contribute importantly to the wider climate justice movement.

Country Stride

Countrystride: Audio Dispatches from Cumbria

The Countrystride Podcast celebrates the landscapes, culture, heritage and people of Cumbria and the Lake District through a unique blend of immersive field recordings, inspiring commentary and interviews, all shaped into a single walk presented by author, illustrator and ex-farmer Mark Richards and produced by David Felton.

A little slice of cumbria

A little slice of Cumbria

A weekly podcast looking at food and drink in Cumbria. We’re going to be talking to and about the people who grow it, raise it, make it, bake it, cook it, serve it, eat it and those who promote it.A Little Slice of Cumbria is about all things to do with Cumbrian food – from the west coast to the Pennines and from the borders to the bay.

BBC

On Your Farm: 80 years of farm research

It’s 80 years since Glensaugh, a 1000-acre hill farm in the foothills of the Grampians, complete with forestry, rivers and peatland, became a major centre for agricultural research in Scotland. Not surprisingly, the initial post-war focus was on maximising production from marginal acres. Over the ensuing decades researchers launched deer farming in the UK and introduced species such as cashmere goats as a diversification from traditional upland farming.

Inside London's 'zero waste' restaurant

The FT’s Daniel Garrahan and food critic Tim Hayward visit Silo, a ‘zero waste’ restaurant in Hackney, which rejects the bin, makes ice cream from waste bread, turns seaweed into pendant lighting and ‘upcycles’ used wine bottles.

When is grazing sustainable

When is grazing sustainable?

Informative infographic video to understand the true impact of extensive (grazing-based) livestock farming on the environment. We break down the information into 5 large blocks: (i) Biodiversity, (ii) Carbon in the soil and albedo, (iii) competition for land use, (iv) competition for water use and (v) greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and their impact on climate change.

Guardians of Grub

Wasted food eating into your profits? The Guardians of Grub are here to help you rise up against the 1.1 million tonnes of food thrown away by the Hospitality and Food Service industry every year. So, take a stand against wasted food. Help your business, the environment and the community by using our Guardians of Grub Cost Saving Calculator to find out how much money you could save.

Evas botanicals

Eva's Organics

Now in our eighteenth growing season, we produce an amazing variety of local organic fruit and vegetables right here in Cumbria, in our market garden at Low Luckens and our orchard in Carlisle.

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