Farm Gate: A consensus on food, farming and nature

This is the audio version of a webinar in which the chief executives of RSPB, Soil Association and Nature Friendly Farming Network discuss the Consensus for Food, Farming and Nature – hosted by Farm Gate, which is now part of The webinar took place on (on 15th August 2023).

A GROUP of farmers and environmental organisations met in the margins of the 2023 Oxford farming conferences to forge consensus on a way forward for farming, recognising the huge pressures that many farming sectors are currently experiencing.

This consensus rests on a shared understanding that:

  • A healthy natural environment underpins food security
  • Farming does not just produce the food we eat but is also central to efforts to tackle the nature, climate, and public health crises
  • Diversity – in nature, in farming systems and amongst those involved in farming – along with diversity in farm animals and crops, will enable resilience and innovation in the face of climate change and economic challenges.


  • Helen Browning – Chief Executive, Soil Association
  • Beccy Speight – Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Martin Lines – Chief Executive, Nature Friendly Farming Network
  • Panel chair – ffinlo Costain, Editor,

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Poll results from webinar

1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Ecological security is essential for food production, human wellbeing & prosperity

Results: 100% agreement with 91% Strongly Agree and 9% Agree

2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: New technology will have the most important role in helping the agriculture sector meet net zero

Results: 5% strongly agree 19%agree 32% neutral 32% disagree 12% strongly disagree

3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The UK Government has overlooked the link between food and a resilient society

Results: 66% Strongly agree 24% agree 7% neutral 4% disagree

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