December 11, 2019


UK should support local farms in cutting climate impact, NFU president says



The National Farmers' Union (NFU) has highlighted in its General Election Manifesto the importance of the a future UK government to develop a policy environment that rewards farm businesses which mitigate their impact on the climate and collectively work towards net zero agriculture.

"British farmers are already producing some of the most sustainable food in the world and we want to do even more. But we cannot achieve net zero without government investment," NFU president Minette Batters said.

"Any measures farmers take towards net zero will require investment and significant changes, and we need the future government to create policy which ensures these steps are not only right for the environment, but right for our businesses too.

"With the appropriate research and a range of incentives to help farmers improve productive efficiency, increase carbon capture and boost renewable energy, we can build on our work producing high quality, sustainable food for the nation.

"British farmers are part of the solution to the climate crisis. We have a huge opportunity in this country to be pioneers in climate-friendly food production – we have the ambition, we just need the right policy to support us."

The NFU's call came after it hosted its first net zero advisory panel with renowned scientists and academics to discuss its net zero report and the short, medium and long-term measures that will be needed for British farming to achieve net zero by 2040.

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