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Birds in Wetland

Wetlands – nature’s filter and regulator

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Caring for the natural ecosystems, such as wetlands, on your farm can contribute to farm productivity. Not only that, it will make your farm more resilient.

Spreading fertiliser

Video – A broader perspective on why nitrogen fertiliser is so harmful

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The conversation about the negative impacts of nitrogen fertiliser is often focused on the soil, but the broader environmental impact is just as big of a challenge. Watch Dr Craig Galloway explain why in this video.

Testing water quality

Thinking beyond your fence

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As a farmer, you can contribute negatively or positively towards the problem of freshwater pollution. If you want to make a positive contribution, what practices are you implementing to do so?

Bees

Are cities healthier than farms?

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I realised again that there is still a lot of work for us, as the sustainable agriculture community, to do. We need to continue improving the health of agricultural land.

Agricultural produce

Sustainable food production: Is agriculture playing its part?

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It is going to take considerable effort from researchers, consultants and farmers, and a commitment to developing farm systems which better mimic nature, but I am hopeful for the future of sustainable agriculture in South Africa.

Milk, is it really just milk or so much more to it?

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Look out for the Trace & Save logo on First Choice UHT-milk to see how easy it is to trace the impact of this milk product on the environment

Farmer sitting

Can you afford not to change?

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The problem with change is that it is often very challenging. The usual, common and standard way of doing things is comfortable and known, but it very seldom brings about progress.

Cows grazing - Hogsback

To eat or not to eat (animal produce), that is the question

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I really do believe we should be focussing on improving the manner in which animal production is done, focussing on supporting farmers which implement positive practices, rather than just blanketing the whole industry as terrible for the environment and writing it off.

Alternative nitrogen sources equal money in the bank

Alternative nitrogen sources equal money in the bank

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I am a strong advocate for the responsible use of natural resources for productive and efficient commercial agriculture. When it comes to nitrogen, this means exploring alternative sources to purely relying on chemical fertilisers.

Shopping

Changing the way we think about food

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I am not asking anyone to completely change their diet, but rather to consider making adjustments to the way we buy and eat.