NFU responds to FAO climate change proposal

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on investment and government support to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) after a new study was published last week.

The NFU responded to a new climate change publication, which indicated best practices could lead to a 30% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in livestock, stating farmers were already providing part of the solution and that more support was needed.

In a response to the study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the NFU also said farmers in Britain were on track with meeting its GHG reductions for 2020.

NFU president Peter Kendall agreed action needed to be taken. He said: “Farmers worldwide have access to sufficient land on which to increase production, but to meet this challenge there is a need for investment in inputs, infrastructure, improved skills and innovations derived from research, to drive rural growth and diversification.”

He agreed that climate change was a global threat and that the agriculture sector was working towards meeting its GHG reduction goals.

“The NFU fully supports the principle of producing more with less – less environmental impact, a reduced carbon footprint for many food products, and reduced input costs through wise resource management. The principle of sustainable intensification means farmers can increase agricultural production, nationally and internationally, while staying within the Earth’s safe limits,” Kendall added.


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