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Organic farming (Environment)
After holding the post of farm manager for nine years at the Barrington estate in Oxon, building it into one of the biggest and well known organic egg producers in the country, Patrick Bournes now works independently supplying eggs and is one of four guild members on the Stonegate panel for Waitrose.
Organic agriculture recognises the relationship between our environment, our health and the food we eat. As well as high animal welfare standards, organics avoids the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers and helps to revitalize the earth. And, because organic farming releases less greenhouse gases than non-organic farming, it means a smaller carbon footprint for the environment. Lending in this sector varies from dairy and meat, to forestry and fruit.