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Tudge, Colin (9 of 10). Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum
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2013-08-30, 2013-10-21, 2013-11-27, 2013-12-18, 2014-02-20
Tudge, Colin, 1943- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 9: Story of origins and development of interest in agriculture, including article written for 'World Medicine', move to work for 'Farmers' Weekly', negative effect on British agriculture of neoliberal economics and politics from 1970s, visits to AFRC sites during time at 'Farmers' Weekly', experience of first United Nations World Food Conference in Rome in 1974, own book 'The Famine Business' (1977) exposing extent to which problems of supply of food are caused not solved by governments and corporations, reasons for not pursuing this work in 1980s and 1990s, return to work on agriculture in 2000 at suggestion of wife Ruth, development of idea of "enlightened agriculture", own book 'So Shall We Reap' , subsequent books 'Feeding People is Easy', 'Good Food for Everyone Forever' and 'Six Steps Back to the Land' . Comments on own books in relation to wider idea of an 'agrarian renaissance' and own of the need for a "democratic renaissance". [14:15] Comments on three components of "enlightened agriculture", ecological fitness, economic democracy (involving land reform) and food sovereignty. [19:26] Comments on productionist agenda of current world agricultural policy with assumption of demands and needs. [29:46] Story of beginning of 'The Campaign for Real Farming' [CFRF] [in 2008] by self and wife Ruth; origins of the 'Oxford Real Farming Conference' [ORFC] with Graham Harvey [in 2009], with first conference in 2010; successive conferences increasing in size and influence, supported by Peter Kindeersley. [34:28] Story of foundation of 'Funding Enlightened Agriculture' [FEA] and 'College for Real Farming and Food Culture' [CRFFC]. Comments on extent of/aims of CRFFC, including recently launched website. [41:24] Further comments on renewal of interest in questions of non-material aspects of reality following beginnings of relationship with Ruth. Comments on relations between renewed interest in metaphysics and in agriculture. Discussion of intention to upload essay on metaphysics to CRFFC website. Mentions groups concerned with theology and agriculture.
Life story interview with science writer Colin Tudge