For Organic September 2020, Organic UK, the consumer channels of OTB, is hosting a series of podcasts with Jen Gale of Sustainable(ish). You can find them on our www.GoOrganicUK.com website, on Organic UK channels and on Jen’s channels. Below a quick recap with links to the podcasts.
Episode 72: The Plight of the Bumblebee The first Podcast deals with Bees with David and Emma Buckley from Buckley’s bees talking all about bees and how they are essential pollinators of four food:
It’s estimated that it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops manually if wild bees disappeared.
Bee and insect populations are crashing – every square kilometre in the UK has lost an average of 11 species of bee and hoverfly, between 1980 and 2013
In the UK at present there are around 270,000 active honeybee hives, compared to a million in 1900
98% of natural wildflower meadows have been lost in the UK since the early 1900s
Plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms
Tune in here to learn more about the wonderful work of bees, why they’s so vital, how organic farming can help to support them, AND how we can help them in our own gardens too.
Episode 73: Organic 101 In this episode Jen explores what organic really means, with a panel that includes: Lee Holdstock from The Soil Association, Harriet O’Regan Marketing Director from OTB who runs our Organic UK campaign and Guy Singh-Watson from Riverford. Jen explains that “Even as someone who gets an organic veg box, and regularly seeks out organic produce in the supermarket, I’m not sure I’d have been able to explain the benefits to friends and family in a very articulate or persuasive way. But I hope that after listening to this episode, we’ll all feel like we have a greater understanding of what exactly “organic” means, and the role it has to play in the health of the planet and feeding the world.“
Podcast 74: Eating Sustainably In the third podcast Jen hosts a panel of food and provenance experts, including Melissa Hemsley – self taught cook and author of amazing cookbooks including her latest Eat Green; Ben White from Coombe Farm Organic; and Tim Field, head of sustainability at Daylesford. You can listen to the podcast here.
Podcast 75: Organic and the climate crisis In this two-part episode, Jen talks to Anna de la Vega from The Urban Worm about the role organic systems can play in the climate crisis and then to Tim Mead from Yeo Valley organic and regenerative agriculture works on their farm.