There has been a lot of discussions recently about the possible impacts of climate change on how we live and how we need to prepare for a less certain future. At the same time, we know that there are many threats to insect species, some of which we rely on for essential functions in agriculture. Without pollination, many fruit crops, in particular, would be threatened, and that would have severe impacts both of people’s jobs but also the sustainability of our food system.
Recently Matt Reed from CCRI and Professor of Applied Ecology, Anne Goodenough joined BBC’s Countryfile Spring Diaires and spoke to Steve Brown to discuss how climate change is impacting upon fruit blossom and insects. Changes in the arrival time of blossom on trees potentially threatens a vital part of British agriculture. The filimg took place a few weeks ago at Hayles Fruit Farm, near Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, with Matt and Anne explaining the issues and a number of things that we can all do to make a positive difference. Regarding the experience, Matt Reed said that “it was a really good day working with the Countryfile team to bring this critical discussion to a bigger audience”