Farm Gate Podcast

Farm Gate podcast focusses on practical solutions for climate and food security. The topics covered are relevant for everyone who eats, but is particularly intended for farmers, food chain professionals, and policy-makers. Every week or two our host ffinlo Costain will bring our listeners stories of the people and solutions that is shaping a regenerative future for food and agriculture.

Farm Gate is a co-production between Farmwel and FAI Farms, and you can subscribe to Farm Gate wherever you listen to podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, and Google Podcasts.

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EPISODE 4, January 22nd, 2019:

Sustainable Monoculture?

In terms of land use today there are three things that really matter – high quality food production, climate change mitigation, and nature restoration. A great farm must do all three. In this episode of Farm Gate we are talking to a rock star of regenerative farming, a phenomenally successful sugar producer, an inventor, and philosopher. His sugar farm is a living proof that regenerative agriculture provides the blueprint for the global land use reform we all depend upon, and the transition we urgently need.

Farm Gate host ffinlo Costain gets on the phone to talk to:
Leontino Balbo Jr., from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is the executive vice-president of the Balbo Group. His farm yields 35% of the world’s organic sugar, sequesters more carbon than it emits, and his land is now one of the most biodiversity-rich areas in the region.

EPISODE 3, January 22nd, 2019:

Conservatives and the Environment

With UK's imminent departure from the European Union on the 31st of January, Farm Gate sat down with the Conservative Environment Network to discuss their plans for how to tackle the connected challenges of agriculture, land use and climate change in a post Brexit era. We asked, what are the big opportunities arising from Brexit?

ffinlo Costain talks to
Sam Hall, Director of the Conservative Environment Network, also known as CEN. Formerly a special advisor to the previous Defra Secretary, Michael Gove.
You can follow Sam on twitter samuelhall0.

EPISODE 2, January 14th, 2019:

Is Vegan a Dirty Word?

It seems pretty crazy that we've reached the stage where this question is asked - but with food becoming central to the war against global climate crisis people's personal choices about what they eat have become a major battle ground. Do you think you are a better person because you're a vegan; or because you only eat meat from grass fed livestock, or perhaps because you refuse to eat anything that's been produced further than 20 miles away? Or rather than judging each other's food choices, could we instead focus on what each parcel of land, and the landscape around it, could best produce in balance with nature?

In this episode of Farm Gate, ffinlo Costain is chewing the fat - or sucking the soya curd if you prefer - with two people who care passionately about the impacts of the food they eat:
Dr Tara Garnett, Director of the Food Climate Research Network, and author of a recent blog posting asking the question "Has Veganism Become a Dirty Word?"
Caroline Grindrod, a regenerative hill farmer and wilderculture consultant. She also runs a meat business called Primal Meats.

EPISODE 1, January 9th, 2019:

Ruminant Methane, GWP* & Global Warming

In our very first episode we investigate the role of ruminant methane in global warming. Research by a global team of scientists based at the University of Oxford provides a new way of measuring the impacts of methane on global warming - a metric known as GWP*. Methane is a short-lived gas and its warming potential should be considered differently from carbon dioxide, a long-lived gas. GWP* allows farmers to accurately measure the impact of ruminant methane and suggests a path for how ongoing ruminant production can be compatible with ambitious climate targets seeking to limit further temperature increases.

Our host ffinlo Costain talks to:
Professor Myles Allen, Oxford Martin School and Coordinating Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees,
Dr. John Lynch, Oxford University, Department of Physics
Mr. Roland Bonney, a farmer and co-founder of FAI Farms.