NFU response to Committee on Climate Change report

Responding to today’s report from the Committee on Climate Change, NFU President Minette Batters said: “The NFU has been clear with its position on British farming’s role in tackling climate change; reducing livestock numbers in the UK is not a part of that policy. We are disappointed to see the Committee on Climate Change include that recommendation in its report. The report simply does not recognise the environmental benefits grass-fed beef and sheep production brings to the UK.

“It would be a fundamental mistake to design a farming system solely around an approach that mitigates greenhouse gases without any regard to the wider impact of such a policy for our environment and our food supply. It risks producing a one-eyed policy.”

NFU Deputy President Guy Smith said: “The farming industry is on the forefront of climate change impacts; producing safe, traceable and affordable food is a daily challenge for UK farmers. Despite our concerns over parts of the report, British farmers are committed to playing their part to reach government targets. We are committed to doing so in a way that fulfils their responsibility to the public in providing domestic food and delivering food security for the nation.

“Any future farming policy must enable farm businesses to meet the food production needs of the nation, alongside environmental ambitions.”



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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.