People should grow their own food in backyard farms to help the island combat climate change, a farming expert has said.

Chris Faria, who is aiming to set up a training centre on farmland in Bermuda, outlined the benefits of mini-farming in a talk at Bermuda College.

Mr Faria said: “The human element is what is missing in farming today; we are the answer.

“To combat climate change, it is not simply about convincing farmers to change the methods that they use to grow food.

“Instead, it is about all of us taking responsibility for our food security and beginning to grow our own food sustainably.

“We need to micro-scale farming down from big, unsustainable farms to small-scale backyard farms using sustainable methods.”

Mr Faria’s talk was delivered earlier this month at the Eco Lunch and Learn Series Two launched by the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce and Bermuda College.

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