King Charles III: “a friend of regenerative agriculture”

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK now officially has a new king who is a strong advocate of regenerative agriculture. Charles, who was with his mother when she died earlier today, is now known as King Charles III.

In a statement shared by Buckingham Palacethe 73-year-old heir to the throne said: “The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a time of great sadness for me and all members of my family.”

Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch in the world. She died aged 96 – hours after the Royal Family first issued a statement raising concerns about her health. Just three days ago, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, she presided over the handover ceremony to the country’s new prime minister, Liz Truss.

The monarch’s husband, Prince Philip (99), died in April.

As news of the Queen’s death sparked a chorus of global tributes, British farmers said they were mourning the passing of one of their biggest supporters.

“In every way she has been an immense and unrivaled force for good on the world stage,” Tenant Farmers’ Association chief executive George Dunn said in an interview with the UK-based Farmers Guardian. -United.

“His love of the countryside, agriculture and rural communities has been of enormous significance and many in the farming community have been delighted with his interest and support for the work they do.”

Farmers Guardian also spoke to National Sheep Association chief executive Phil Stocker, who described the queen as ‘a real country girl at heart’. Stocker said, “She left a lasting legacy, including inspiring many members of her family, through new generations, to share her interests and values.”

According to various media outlets, the Queen had been a committed patron of the UK’s National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs since 1957. Over the years she has met many members and has also presented farmers with awards at the Royal Show.

Farmers Guardian remarked: ‘The Queen has shown a keen interest in farming, and several of the royal estates and residences hold working farms. She was a true country woman, who understood the challenges young farmers face in feeding the nation and who always stood up for rural communities.

Like his late mother, King Charles III also has a long-standing relationship with the agricultural sector. For decades, he has advocated for a transition to regenerative agriculture, describing soil as an asset too easily “overlooked, degraded and polluted”.

In August 2022, during his televised address to the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow, Scotland, he said: “Healthy living soil can safely feed growing populations with nutritious and varied diets, mitigate the effects of climate change and water supply and flood management.

“Indeed, soil is absolutely essential for providing the ecosystem services on which we all depend. It is therefore high time that such an extraordinary and miraculous living organic system, so disastrously degraded by industrialized agriculture, received the attention it deserves.

The former prince said a proactive approach was needed to encourage regenerative agriculture “with a diversity of plants and grazing livestock, replacing organic matter lost through the use of legumes, cover crops, residues and mulch.The alternative is too grim to contemplate.

Queen Elizabeth III’s state funeral is set to take place in 10 days.

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