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Graeme Willis works for Campaign to Protect Rural England. We met at the 2017 Oxford Real Farming Conference where he was part of a panel presenting a few interesting farming examples that were using methods we use in our designs. We discuss these in the first half of the chat, and in the latter we get to learn about CPRE’s lobbying work to persuade the government to introduce laws that facilitate brownfield site redevelopment for homes, and increase diversity of developers, as the current market is dominated by a few large companies.
Met at the 2017 Oxford Real Farming Conference.
New Model Farming: Resilience Through Diversity – paper written recently by Graeme.
The talk that Graeme gave at ORFC
An example of an agriculture business that understands the environmental and cost implications of runoff outside the perimeter of the farm.
The water industry is becoming a powerful leverage towards cleaning up farms of chemical pollutants because they are having to pay to get rid of the extra nitrogen from the water supply.
Mention of John Macdonald’s project.
Disconnect of the society and farming.
How the marketing board have contributed to creating the disconnect between eating meat products and the life of the animal, and how it needs to terminate for us to enjoy it. Perhaps the lower consumption of meat in the past was partly motivated by its higher cost, and partly by the image of the bloodied knife of the butcher.
The underfunding of charities fighting welfare issues in industrial meat production.
CPRE works to ensure that the planning system works for the countryside.
They stress using brownfield land for new development.
Current research suggests that brownfield land could provide up to 1.2 million new homes.
The housing market is dominated by a small number of large developers who are not interested in building a large number of houses at once.
South Dublin council has adopted the passive house standard for their new builds.
What are the barriers to sustainable houses design?
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