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COP 23: Farmers' work celebrated at international climate conference

9th Nov 2017

Source: NFU News item 07.11.2017

23 livestock farmers are showcased in a brochure, British Livestock and Climate Change: Beyond Meat and Methane, highlighting how the agricultural sector is tackling climate change.

The booklet, authored by the four UK farming unions was lauched ahead of Wednesday's Farmers' Day at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) being held in Bonn, Germany.

Access the booklet here. 

Representatives from all over the world have gathered at the conference, which began on Monday, to further the ambitions of the 2015 Paris Agreement in reducing the planet’s greenhouse gas footprint.

The report, Beyond Meat and Methane, features forward-thinking livestock farmers from across the UK farming unions. It celebrates the work they do in boosting productivity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In a joint statement, the UK Farming Union Presidents, said: “Agriculture has a unique role to play in helping to implement the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.

“Our industry supplies food, stores carbon and generates renewable energy, but farming is also on the frontline of climate change impacts, being particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events.

“We must advance improvements in farm productivity and efficiency, not only to enhance agriculture’s resilience, but to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint.

“The booklet puts our strong dynamic livestock industry centre stage and showcases a diversity of practices undertaken to meet the needs of their business and the country.

“Our members have capitalised on opportunities to build businesses that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially and personally rewarding, so helping to deliver the Paris Agreement.”

The Farming unions should be congratulated on this publication. Becky comments, "This is a great start at getting farmers stories in the spotlight, who are pioneering new methods of cutting emissions, whilst producing food. It highlights where there are opprotunities for farmers to save costs, improve productivity and reduce emissions, which is something that we should all be getting involved in. By making their stories accessible, it gets over some of the scary facts and figures that are often portrayed when talking about agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions, and highlights that there are things that we can all do."