Policy Director, Richard Young, has been an editor of the journal New Farmer & Grower and Chairman of the Soil Association’s Symbol Committee, which drew up detailed organic farming standards in the 1980s.
For the past 17 years he has campaigned against the misuse of antibiotics in agriculture, seeing this as a threat not only to human health but also to farmers’ long-term ability to treat infectious disease in their animals. He has also made a study of issues relating to agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the underlying causes of bovine tuberculosis and Johne’s Disease.
As a devoted cattle and sheep farmer, and avid yet informed meat eater, he is a strong supporter of the benefits associated with meat from grass-fed animals. Richard Young and his sister Rosamund nurture their 390 acres on the Cotswolds.