Researcher looking for UK farmers motivated by considering human health in their farming approach

Dr Rosalind (Lindy) Sharpe, Research Fellow: Food & Brexit, Food Research Collaboration, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London is looking to interview farmers (of all types, based anywhere in the UK), who are motivated by concerns about human health, or who take human health into account in their approach to farming.

This is a marvellous opportunity for (non-industrial agriculture/horticulture) growers/farmers to be involved in primary research on the UK food and farming system.

Lindy's request may seem like a rather abstract question to put to a busy farmer, especially at this time of year, but many permaculturalists and Permaculture Association members are alert to the health aspects of what they do – both achieving positive impacts and avoiding negative ones.

The interviews will be undertaken by phone, are quite informal, and will last no more than 30 minutes. A key thing to note, though, is that the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission will want to use the interviews as case studies in their final report, so farmers’ names and possibly photos will be used. No anonymity!
You can find information about the FFCC here: https://www.thersa.org/action-and-research/rsa-projects/public-services-...

The questions would be about what and how you farm (briefly), in what ways human health features in what you do, what the benefits are – and how you think others could be helped to follow your example. Lindy is happy to provide more information as needed.

If you are a (non-industrial agriculture/horticulture) grower/farmer wishing to participate in this research, please contact Lindy directly on:

07966 162543 or Rosalind.Sharpe@city.ac.uk

http://foodresearch.org.uk/workstream-1/

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