Why the UN Food Systems Summit is Crucial for Animals, People and the Planet

As a lifelong naturalist who lives on a farm, I am acutely aware of how food, nature and the countryside are interlinked.

The other day, I managed to capture on film my first face-on barn owl whilst out walking. It was a very special moment. But this spring, I also watched a field being ploughed, only to discover that the soil had no worms. The local gulls that follow ploughs came to the same assessment and quickly flew off. A grassy patch that attracted a prospective pair of scarce woodlarks was ploughed under. Then came the chemicals spraying weeds away and insects too, that would otherwise feed hungry wildlife with their seeds and larvae.

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