Last month we asked, “Food aside, what do you consider to be the most important thing that farming delivers?”. There were two answers which proved most popular – ‘Biodiversity and healthy environment’ (45%) and ‘Rural economy and employment’ (41%).
Nobody considered ‘wellbeing’, ‘beautiful countryside’ or ‘connection with the local community’ to be most important. However, we did receive a few alternative responses listing food, renewable energy and traffic jams!
Earlier this month, LEAF, Syngenta and The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN) held a debate to address the key global challenge of this century – food security. A big talking point at the event was values and how much we are prepared to pay for our food and the public goods that farming delivers – so, our LEAFasks question this month is (for more information on public goods provided by agriculture see here):