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Farming for nature and climate

In this report, the Nature Friendly Farming Network argues that, if given enough financial support, UK farmers can produce food in a way that both protects wildlife and reduces the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The report also suggests that having a diet of “less meat and dairy but of better quality” could be environmentally beneficial.

According to the report, 98% of farmers surveyed thought that maintaining high environmental standards should be a requirement of any trade deals that the UK makes after leaving the European Union, and large majorities of the farmers surveyed thought that nature-friendly farming is important for biodiversity, a sustainable food system, UK food security, and animal welfare.

Read the full report, Farming for our future: The nature friendly climate solution we urgently need, here (PDF link). See also the Foodsource resource How far could changes in production practices reduce GHG emissions?

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Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.

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