Farmers willing to do their bit for the environment

Meat and dairy products may have been under the spotlight recently with celebrities such as Paul McCartney calling for ‘meat free Mondays’ but it seems farmers are willing to do their bit.

At the Farming Futures event, 90% of farmers said they wanted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their farm.

Andrew Jagoe-Salter who manages a mixed farm in Hertfordshire said farmers needed to do their bit to reduce GHG emissions. “We can improve performance and efficiency while looking after the environment. As I result of the event, I am now considering sowing more clover. It’s a low cost way of reducing emissions through improving my animal’s diet,” he said.

And with the global population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, the pressure on food production and meat and dairy products can only increase, said Farming Futures, Madeline Lewis.

“Much of the UK’s countryside is unfit for any food production other than livestock grazing, which protects some of the landscapes we hold most dear, such as our uplands. And shutting down the UK industry might simply displace production overseas, with no climate change benefits.”

“If farmers follow best practice in efficiency, feeding and animal health, and the industry continues its investment in research, the sector can continue to supply quality products into the future. The good news is that these efficiencies are good for the bottom line – so being ‘lower carbon’ is profitable business.”

“Consumers need to play their part in ‘lower carbon’ food too. By choosing a healthy, seasonal and local diet we can all make a positive contribution,” she said.