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Robin Talbot: My problem with the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss

The antagonistic language tars all farmers with the same brush and won’t get through to those who are not already doing good work to support wildlife

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First impressions: Robin Talbot says, 'the name Biodiversity Loss is a negative — never a good starting point. Why not call it something like ‘Biodiversity Gain’ or ‘Helping Biodiversity’? Photo: Alf Harvey

First impressions: Robin Talbot says, 'the name Biodiversity Loss is a negative — never a good starting point. Why not call it something like ‘Biodiversity Gain’ or ‘Helping Biodiversity’? Photo: Alf Harvey

First impressions: Robin Talbot says, 'the name Biodiversity Loss is a negative — never a good starting point. Why not call it something like ‘Biodiversity Gain’ or ‘Helping Biodiversity’? Photo: Alf Harvey

I have been listening with interest to what’s come out of the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, and I feel no connection to it whatsoever.

We are well disposed to farming in harmony with nature. Long before it was fashionable, we undertook various projects to support wildlife on the farm. In more recent times, we have enthusiastically embraced every environmental scheme that was open to us.


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