The official sustainable farming pledge, a 12-page blueprint that outlines the union’s plans, includes farmers capturing increased carbon through soil and woodland restoration, cultivating more energy crops, and streamlining meat productivity to drive down emissions.
The trade body believes farming could become carbon neutral without stopping or reducing meat production, despite warnings from scientists stating that a reduction in meat consumption throughout developed nations will prove vital in keeping emissions under control.
In the dispute of the NFU’s omission of meat farming reduction, in conversation with Business Green, Friends of the Earth campaigner Guy Shrubsole, said:
“Eating less but better meat is a crucial part of the fight against climate breakdown, yet astonishingly there is no mention of this in the NFU’s report.
Doing so would free up much more land for trees and agroforestry, which would absorb huge quantities of carbon from the atmosphere. But it seems the NFU is still not prepared to contemplate significant land-use change in Britain, despite the Committee on Climate Change recommending this as being vital.”
Differing viewpoints aside, the NFU’s pledge is a positive step forward in reducing our carbon emissions. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.
Read the full report at Business Green.