Students at the School of Geography recently received a visit from Rural Affairs Correspondent of BBC News, Tom Heap, as part of their studies at the University of Lincoln. Two of our students, Grace and Claudia, wrote a blog post about this visit, which you can read below.

“What can be done about the future of our resources?

Arguably one of the greatest challenges faced today is the future of natural resources, whether this be as Tom Heap identified; land use, space for food or even waste management.

On a global scale, we have the ability to control the challenges that we face today by drastically adapting the way in which we work along side developments in science in order for future generations to live sustainably. This allows for innovative and creative methods that could possibly be used on a global scale.

Students and Tom Heap (right)
School staff, students and Tom Heap (right)


During his visit to the University of Lincoln, Heap stressed a need to focus on methods of feeding the world through “scientific advancements”, yet he believed that “more is still needed”, highlighting that the scale of the issue is possibly much greater than originally thought.

However, he described a method of fish farming which duplicates as a method of plant growing- aquaponics. This integrates both a system of feeding our population as well as preserving the natural environment for the future. This process involves recycling water (enriched with nutrients from fish waste and microbes) used within fish tanks to irrigate crops which are then used to feed the population, a clear sustainable method of food production. Therefore, this leads us to question further ways in which we can manage the sustainability of food production in the years to come.”

We will be featuring additional student-generated blog posts over the next few months so please stay tuned!