“How could a combination of policy change, financial investment and market mechanisms create the conditions for sustainable farming to become mainstream?” This was the question asked during our session on ‘Making sustainable farming pay’ at the recent Farming and Climate Change conference. Chair of Natural England, Tony Juniper discussed how we refine and measure biodiversity and carbon. Robert Appleby of ADM Capital stressed the importance of profitability in sustainability, as well as the need to transition from a linear growth economy to a circular one. Farmdrop’s Liz Hosmer presented the food company’s sustainable business model, focused on delivering quality, local food, whilst Dieter Helm argued admirably for a ‘Green and Prosperous’ land which can only be achieved if we preserve our natural capital.

Photograph: Chloe Edwards Photography

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