Eating for Nature
TWOCOOKS & FARMERS BOOSTING NATURE
We at TwoCooks believe that when the balance is struck just right, something magical happens - the food produced on these farms tastes better. We want to celebrate the great work of farmers who produce incredible food and boost wildlife at the same time.
Each month we will feature one farmer and share with you the amazing ways they have helped nature thrive on their farms.
OUR FOOD - THE BIG PICTURE
In May 2019 the UN made a shocking announcement: one million species - about an eighth of everything alive - are currently at risk of extinction. While there are a number of reasons for the threats facing life, many of them relate to what we eat and how we source that food.
About two thirds of Ireland’s land is used for agriculture. The overuse of pesticides, fertilisers, drainage of land and the removal of hedgerows are leading to wildlife silently disappearing. In Ireland alone, many bird and insect populations have declined by 40% since the 1990’s.
But the good news is that most of Ireland’s agricultural land is family-owned. And Ireland’s farmers can - and often do - help wildlife thrive. The trick is finding the right balance.