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Bicton conference explores future of farming

By GRichardson  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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The future of farming is being discussed at a conference in East Devon today

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The future of farming is being discussed at a conference in East Devon today.

Bicton College's EaRTH centre is hosting the Fossil Fuel Free (F3) Farming event, with speakers including Professor Michael Winter, director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter, and Vaughan Lindsay, of the Dartington Hall Trust.

In the spotlight is the issue of how sustainable farming and food production methods need to change if the world is going to be able to produce food for 9 billion people by 2050.

Involving Bicton College, the Dartington Hall Trust, Laverstoke Park and other partners, the F3 farming project will be trialling and developing techniques to demonstrate ways that farming can decrease its reliance on fossil fuels.

The project will demonstrate to farmers and the general public the techniques and mechanics of farming without relying on traditional inputs.

Nearly 100 guests are attending the event, representing many different organisations with an interest in the future of farming, including local councils, Cornwall Farmers, Devon County Agricultural Association, Devon WFU, Cornwall Business Council, Flybe, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Dairy Crest and the Duchy of Cornwall.

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