Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Agroecology

A force for change

Why Agroecology?

We have no time to lose. In this year of UK global leadership following COP26, it is time to mobilise and take action to tackle the multiple challenges of nature, health, and climate crises ahead.

Fortunately, there are nature-based solutions that can be deployed right now, at pace and scale, mitigating climate change by slashing emissions and regenerating landscapes and, importantly, restoring nature.

Agroecology - and its fair and sustainable regenerative practices - is one such approach. Scroll down to find out more about agroecology, the evidence which shows that is can work in UK countries, and learn about the farmers, communities, businesses and organisations helping lead a transition to agroecology by 2030.

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The evidence for agroecology

Agroecology is a science and a practice for improving food and farming systems, which supports regenerative farming, and puts people - farmers, food producers, citizens – at the heart of solutions. It applies ecological science to agriculture to create more beneficial relationships between plants, animals, humans and ecosystems - and because of this, it enables one patch of land to provide multiple benefits. More about the definition of agroecology

Momentum and evidence is building :

Agroecology

charts a course

that works for all

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Agroecology provides

healthy food

to feed UK population

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Agroecology is

good business

for UK farms

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Agroecology presents

a win-win investment

for UK governments

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Imagine a future

Within reach is a future where everyone can live healthy, fulfilling lives, nature is thriving across the whole landscape and food is sustainably produced, nutritious and affordable. It is a future where government policies, businesses and communities work together and flourish in a fair and just economy.

Agroecology is a fair, no regrets path to this future.

Agroecology charts a course that works for all

Farming for Change: Charting a course that works for all shows that a transition to agroecology:

  • Can reduce emissions by upwards of 70%.
  • Supports species abundance across and beyond the farmed environment.
  • Keeps food production at the core of land management, growing enough healthy and sustainable food for all.
  • Ensures we do not export production (or externalise environmental impacts) overseas.
  • Provides a broad pathway for resilient and sustainable farm businesses across the UK to take responsibility for food security.
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Agroecology provides enough healthy food for a growing UK population

Farming for Change: Mapping a route to 2030 provides evidence that a transition to agroecology in UK countries would allow us to grow enough healthy food for a growing population, entirely remove pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, free-up agricultural land for nature and other uses, and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.

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Agroecology is good business for UK farms

Farming Smarter: The case for agroecological enterprise explains the business case for agroecology at a farm level and the policy-level vision required to allow farm businesses to transition to this model with confidence. It explores the economic argument for regenerative farming and confirms that there is no need for a trade-off between profit and nature.

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Agroecology investment is a win-win for governments

Farming Smarter: Investing in our future sets out the case for an Agroecology Development Bank which would serve a distinct and specialised role in agricultural and rural transformation. It provides a ‘win-win’ for UK governments by helping deliver against climate and nature ambitions and, at the same time, helping the agricultural sector to thrive.

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The transition has already begun

Routes to Action shows that farmers, communities and businesses are already transitioning to agroecology and its regenerative practices across the country. FFCC's virtual tour of the UK helped to gather the knowledge and ideas from hundreds of people around six elements critical to this transition.

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Agroecology in action

Across the UK, citizens are creating a fair and sustainable future. Read compelling stories of agroecology in action, at scale and throughout the food chain, here in the UK.

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Explore organisations working for a UK transition to fair and sustainable farming.

Organic Research Centre

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Soil Association

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APPG on Agroecology

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Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming

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Innovative Farmers

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Innovation for Agriculture

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Sustainable Food Trust

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Join networks of agroecology and regenerative farming practitioners.

Agricology

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LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming)

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Landworkers Alliance Agroecology Network

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Farming & Wildlife Advisory group

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Nature Friendly Farming Network

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Base UK

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Learn more at key events in the agroecology calendar.

Oxford Real Farming Conference

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Groundswell Regenerative Show

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Northern Real Farming Conference

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FarmED Farm & Food Education

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Agroecology Resource Hub

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