Green farming ‘sees progress but needs to do more’

The Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP) for Agriculture has made progress but there is still more to do. That’s according to a new report from the Department for Environment, Food and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP) for Agriculture has made progress but there is still more to do.

That’s according to a new report from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which oversees the industry-led scheme for reducing agricultural emissions in the UK.

The department estimates it has achieved a reduction of one million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide as of 2016.

However, to achieve the reduction target of three million tonnes by 2022, the report suggests the GHGAP needs to further improve sustainable awareness in the sector.

It says farmers and growers need to be made more aware of the technologies and approaches that will improve efficiency and business performance, whilst simultaneously reducing emissions per unit of production.

It also stresses the importance of staying on top of environmental science to continually update technical advice and decision making tools.

Defra suggests Brexit is an opportunity to develop a new vision for British food and farming, with increased resource efficiency and improved domestic partnerships.

The report says going forwards, GHGAP should include measurable objectives linked to specific climate change mitigation activities and a process for reporting their progress.

Scientists aim to reduce the 90 million tonnes of methane flatulent cows produce each year by developing a new type of grass.