Climate policy must support British farming’s net zero ambitions

The NFU is calling for the next Government to develop climate policy that empowers British farmers to reach their ambition of net zero agriculture by 2040.

In its General Election Manifesto, the NFU emphasises the crucial role the future government has to play in creating a policy environment that incentivises farm businesses to reduce their impact on our climate and collectively work towards net zero agriculture.

NFU president Minette Batters said: “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.

“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.”

Mrs Batters said that with the appropriate research and a range of incentives to help farmers improve productive efficiency, increase carbon capture and boost renewable energy, the industry can build on its work producing high quality, sustainable food for the nation.

She added: “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.”

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