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Sustainable farming with Patrick Holden

This month we spoke with Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust about their mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable farming and food systems globally.

Patrick told us about the fantastic work the Sustainable Food Trust is doing, including the development of a Global Farm Metric to help consumers to make informed and easier decisions when buying food.

He talked about the need for relocalising our food systems, and what we can do as consumers to bring about this change. Watch the video to hear Patrick’s call to action for CPRE members and supporters; how we can mobilise and exercise our buying power in our local supermarkets and shops.

“Unless we change agriculture, at scale, globally…we won’t have a liveable planet.”

Patrick has been a farmer in West Wales for over 40 years where he develops and uses restorative farming practices. His 300 acre farm has 80 Ayrshire cows which produce the award-winning Hafod cheese.


Visit the Sustainable Food Trust for more information on their work:

Find out more about Patrick’s farm Holden Farm Dairy here:

About the Interviewer

Mark Hurrell has lived in Gloucestershire for over 30 years and was the editor of BBC Radio Gloucestershire from 2002 to 2016. His career in the media has been long and varied including a spell at BBC Points West TV where he was a regular presenter and reporter. Mark also worked on the BBC‘s coverage of WW1 and other major projects. He is a governor at the King’s School, Gloucester and was involved in the setting up of the Pied Piper appeal. In his spare time Mark is a keen amateur singer and supporter of Gloucester Rugby.