Bird-friendly food and farming along the world’s migration flyways

Regenerative food and farming which restores landscapes, soils, communities and wildlife at scale

Bird-friendly food and farming along the world’s migration flyways

Regenerative food and farming which restores landscapes, soils, communities and wildlife at scale

What if farming could help reverse climate breakdown and save our planet?

IT CAN!

What if farming could help reverse climate breakdown and save our planet?

IT CAN!

FOR FARMERS

We purchase premium organic arable crops ex farm

We purchase premium organic arable crops in conversion from conventional farming to organic

We provide technical support in agri-ecological farming and certification

We provide technical support in optimising subsidies available for organic and agri-ecological farms

FOR BUYERS

Purchase from a source with a close network of trusted farmers!

Call us to arrange a meeting and discuss a tailor made package of services for you!

Call us to arrange a meeting and discuss a tailor made package of services for you!

THE PROBLEM WITH INDUSTRIAL FARMING

Industrial farming is not sustainable

High-input monocultures poison and degrade soils, strip the land of trees and wildlife, pollute waterways, and emit 20% of global GHGs. 20% of the world’s crops are grown for animal feed, 90% of the world’s soy; much of it in cleared forest and grassland.

Monoculture crops deplete genetic diversity

Genetically weaker and weaker species are not diseases and pest resistant nor climate event resistant.

Farmland birds down by 50%-90% in Europe since the 1960’s due to herbicides, pesticides and mechanisation.

Bees and other insects down by 75%—Annual USD577bn of crops at risk
From 1989 to 2016, Germany has lost three quarters of its flying insects by mass—a nosedive likely connected with modern agriculture.

Ocean dead zones from nitrogen run-off from nitrogen based synthetic fertilizers

Depleted soils mean an estimated 60 harvests left

100 Milion ha of tropical forest lost to cattle ranching

One billion people undernourished, and almost two billion people overweight because of the out of kilter way we produce food and the way we farm

THE BIRD FRIENDLY FARMING SOLUTION

It restores mosaic landscapes with hedges, trees and water features which halts desertification and soil loss and provides connectivity for birds, wildlife and pollinators

It rewilds and sets aside wild areas which boosts biodiversity and provides habitat for birds and wildlife

It engages rural communities and breathes life into small family run businesses

By giving birds safe haven it mitigates the negative effects climate breakdown and industrial farming are having; namely habitat loss, unseasonal temperatures, storms and winds and the chemical onslaught from pesticides

It intelligently uses the power of nature to farm; green cover is a natural fertiliser, natural pollinators thrive, natural predators are encouraged and raptors take care of rodents

It nurtures the soil by no tilling and green cover which mitigates CO2 emissions as healthy soil sequesters carbon and acts as a major carbon sink

It embraces Ag-tech solutions which makes smaller scale farms viable

No pesticides and no synthetic fertilizers create food that is rich in macro nutrients and contains no traces of synthetic chemicals

THE PROBLEM WITH INDUSTRIAL FARMING

Industrial farming is not sustainable

High-input monocultures poison and degrade soils, strip the land of trees and wildlife, pollute waterways, and emit 20% of global GHGs. 20% of the world’s crops are grown for animal feed, 90% of the world’s soy; much of it in cleared forest and grassland.

Monoculture crops deplete genetic diversity

Genetically weaker and weaker species are not diseases and pest resistant nor climate event resistant.

Farmland birds down by 50%-90% in Europe since the 1960’s due to herbicides, pesticides and mechanisation.

Bees and other insects down by 75%—Annual USD577bn of crops at risk
From 1989 to 2016, Germany has lost three quarters of its flying insects by mass—a nosedive likely connected with modern agriculture.

Ocean dead zones from nitrogen run-off from nitrogen based synthetic fertilizers

Depleted soils mean an estimated 60 harvests left

100 Milion ha of tropical forest lost to cattle ranching

One billion people undernourished, and almost two billion people overweight because of the out of kilter way we produce food and the way we farm

THE BIRD FRIENDLY FARMING SOLUTION

It restores mosaic landscapes with hedges, trees and water features which halts desertification and soil loss and provides connectivity for birds, wildlife and pollinators

It rewilds and sets aside wild areas which boosts biodiversity and provides habitat for birds and wildlife

It engages rural communities and breathes life into small family run businesses

By giving birds safe haven it mitigates the negative effects climate breakdown and industrial farming are having; namely habitat loss, unseasonal temperatures, storms and winds and the chemical onslaught from pesticides

It intelligently uses the power of nature to farm; green cover is a natural fertiliser, natural pollinators thrive, natural predators are encouraged and raptors take care of rodents

It nurtures the soil by no tilling and green cover which mitigates CO2 emissions as healthy soil sequesters carbon and acts as a major carbon sink

It embraces Ag-tech solutions which makes smaller scale farms viable

No pesticides and no synthetic fertilizers create food that is rich in macro nutrients and contains no traces of synthetic chemicals

WHY BIRDS?

Because birds are sentinels of nature. Farm for the birds and most all else will be ok

WHY BIRDS?

Because birds are sentinels of nature. Farm for the birds and most all else will be ok

TEAM

Rachel Sargent

Rachel is an entrepreneur and former managing partner of Osprey Partners, an M&A boutique in Bucharest and founding President of the Alliance of International Corporate Advisors.
She is an active member of Slow Food Bucharest. She owned and managed a social enterprise restaurant in Bucharest. She writes a blog, I Think Therefore I Jam (www.ithinkthereforeijam.net). Rachel graduated from UCL London in Electronic Engineering and is a UK Chartered accountant.

James Atkins

James is a founding director of Vertis Environmental Finance, one of the largest independent emissions trading firms in Europe, and Avocet Holding, a company investing in businesses tackling climate and biodiversity loss. He is co-owner of Zsámboki Biokert an organic market garden, and founded of Danube Kids, a nature citizenship charity. James wrote Climate Change for Football Fans, a critique of contemporary climate change policy. He has a blog, The Bustard (www. thebustard.com).

Pierre Cammaert

Pierre has a BSc in Agriculture and then taught agriculture in his native Netherlands.
He has developed his consulting practice across Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia mainly but also Eritrea and Saudi Arabia over twenty years with the global leader Delphy. Pierre first and foremost focuses on soil health and has lectured and advised farmers on creating healthy soils.

Anthon Bom

Anton is a specialist in agri-ecological and organic farming with a further specialism in arable crops and vegetables for the past eight years. He spent eight years as product manager at Syngenta seeds specializing in onions and Brussel sprouts , has worked on soil improvement projects in the Netherlands and for the past two years has been head of organic farming for Western Europe at Delphy group.

Catalin Briscariu

Catalin graduated in mechanical engineering from Bucharest polytechnic university. Before 1989 he worked in the State agency for farmland improvements South East branch. After 1989 he became an entrepreneur creating his own companies Alo Montan and Land Forest (www.land-forest. ro) specialising in real estate valuation, technical due diligence, portfolio management, land registration, land swapping strategy, lease negotiation and GIS mapping.

Dr. Cristian Tetelea

Cristian holds degrees in environmental sciences and landscape ecology and a PhD in river ecology from the University of Bucharest. He has worked at the University of Bucharest, the Romanian Ministry of Environment, and WWF Romania. He has developed nature conservation, ecological restoration and protected areas management initiatives across the Danube basin.

Dr. Paul C. Craggs

Paul is owner and CEO of Xannat, a multinational mining and sustainable resources company. Paul graduated from the University of Durham in Philosophy and Theology, obtained an MBA from Oxford University, and degrees from Camborne School of Mines, Exeter University and the University of Helsinki. He has a long track record and deep interest in regeneration of industrial landscapes and sustainable farming. Paul will help BFFG in developing capabilities in landscape design to maximise resilience and mitigate land degradation

Magda Niculescu

Magda has senior experience in strategy, marketing and innovation in consumer goods, working with the Mars group. Her insights into psychology and sociology and a sense of contributing to society gives her an edge in building communication strategies that are healthy and purpose driven. Magda has a Master of Finance & Business Administration (1994) and a Postgraduate Degree in International Business (1995) from Graduate school of Management, Grenoble and a B.Sc. from the University of Bucharest in Psychology.

PARTNERS

We are proud to work with our partners who bring great knowledge, professionalism, experience and above all enthusiasm for their subjects:

Romanian Ornithological Society and Bird Life International: SOR and Bird Life International are supporting the project with their expertise in ecology and ecologically-friendly farming practices.

World Wildlife Fund Romania: WWF has been active in Romanian since the 1990s
and is active especially in ensuring sustainable development in the Danube and
Carpathian region. It is supporting BFFG in large-scale landscape restoration
around the farm hubs.

BLOGS

– I THINK THEREFORE I JAM –

Existential thoughts and sticky situations

www.ithinkthereforeijam.net

Rachel writes about food, visits local markets and suppliers, shares recipes, vents about pet peeves like over packaged and out of season food and gets obsessive about making jam.

– THE BUSTARD –

Environmental grumbles from the puszta

www.thebustard.com

James writes about climate change policy, the environment, society, politics and economics sometimes radically.

BLOGS

I THINK THEREFORE I JAM

Existential thoughts and sticky situations

www.ithinkthereforeijam.net

Rachel writes about food, visits local markets and suppliers, shares recipes vents about pet peeves like over packaged and out of season food and gets obsessive about making jam.

THE BUSTARD

Environmental grumbles from the puszta

www.thebustard.com

James writes about climate change policy, the environment, society, politics and economics sometimes radically.

CONTACT US

rachel.sargent@birdfriendlyfarming.com

james.atkins@birdfriendlyfarming.com

@ copyright 2019 Bird Friendly Farming ltd. terms & conditions

CONTACT US

rachel.sargent@birdfriendlyfarming.com

james.atkins@birdfriendlyfarming.com

@ copyright 2019 Bird Friendly Farming ltd. terms & conditions