COP28: NFU calls on Government to support agricultural sustainability

COP28: NFU calls on Government to support agricultural sustainability

The UK Farming Unions (NFUS, NFU, UFU and NFU Cymru) have called upon the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations, together with world leaders, to support a “sustainable and productive” future for agriculture.

NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy.

The Unions intend to help grow the UK’s ability to produce climate-friendly food at the same time as sustaining rural communities, protecting nature and the planet.

COP28 is the 28th annual United Nations (UN) climate meeting where Governments will discuss how to limit and prepare for future climate change. The summit is being held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 30th November until 12th December 2023.

A joint statement from UK Farming Union Presidents, including Martin Kennedy, president of NFU Scotland, said: “Agriculture in the UK is a uniquely versatile sector, which supplies food, fibre and energy whilst taking action on climate change, capturing and storing carbon and contributing towards reducing emissions.

“It is vital that agriculture, land use, environmental and other policies are practical and properly funded, with a portfolio of measures for the diversity of farm types.

“It is by adopting a holistic approach to farming – considering food production, biodiversity, landscapes and communities alongside climate adaptation and mitigation – that will ensure a just transition to net zero farming in the future which leaves no farmer behind.

“We want agriculture’s role in taking action on climate change while producing for the future to be widely recognised, at COP28 and beyond.”

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