farming and food is becoming increasingly popular with both farmers
and the public.
Out visited Elbury Farm in Devon which is trying to combine organic
food production with creating new wildlife habitats.
Farm forms part of the National Trust owned Killerton Estate.
also part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme which helps farmers
who are trying to improve wildlife habitats.
John Elbury is aiming to make his farm both organic and wildlife
farming involves the production of food using management practices
which avoid the use of agrochemical products.
Elbury Farm organic farming means a better deal for wildlife
farmers aim to build up natural fertility on the farm by the recycling
of manures and composts, and the use of rotations.
These organic techniques minimise damage to the environment and
is true at Elbury Farm which is developing itself into a wildlife
Elbury does not use sprays, herbicides, or artificial fertiliser.
farm's dairy herd is organic, and mixed grass is left with clover
for the cows to graze on.
how does organic food compare with non organic produce?
show that organic food contains more vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting
antioxidants than non-organic.
food also tastes extremely good, although this can come at a price
if you shop at a supermarket.
visited a well-known supermarket and compared shopping baskets containing
five everyday foodstuffs.
total bill for the organic basket was £20.38 whilst the
non-organic basket clocked the till at £17.22.
there is a much cheaper option than supermarket shopping.
people in the South West get their organic vegetables through box
schemes are not just cheaper than supermarket organic food, they
are often less expensive than the cheapest foodstuffs available
in the supermarket!
farming also helps to sustain soil health and fertility.
farming is kinder to insects|
enhances landscape, wildlife and wildlife habitats.
Organic systems work in harmony with nature, and keep harmful chemicals
out of the natural cycle.
Elbury Farm, the farmer's care for the edges of the field means
that they are becoming a rich wildlife resource.
Farm has a rich variety of birds, flowers and insects.
lack of insecticides encourages insect food for birds.
Traditional birds such as linnets and swallows are encouraged by
the abundance of insects and natural seeds.
linnet has been hit hard by intensive farming|
more people embrace organic food and farming, it's worth recalling
the Prince of Wales' recent statement.
farming delivers the highest quality, best tasting food...with respect
for the environment, while helping to maintain the landscape and
be checking out progress at Elbury Farm on the Inside Out web site
over the next few months.
the meantime, why not compare organic and non-organic food for yourself?