Industry sets out future agenda for low-carbon production

Industry sets out future agenda for low-carbon production

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future should go hand in hand with producing food for a growing population and delivering for the environment.

This was the message during a workshop held by the agriculture industry’s Greenhouse Gas Action Plan (GHGAP) when policymakers, officials from the Committee on Climate Change, supply chain representatives, scientists and farmers met to debate the future direction of emissions reduction from UK agriculture.

There was general optimism in the discussion about the potential for sensor and information technologies to improve precision in farming in this decade and the next. These ranged from inline sensors for cow fertility and feeding through to crop nutrient use efficiency and soil management. However, more familiar options which are less technology-based but more management intensive, such as assessing and avoiding soil compaction and taking an integrated approach across the farm business were considered equally important.

AHDB Chief Scientist Professor Ian Crute said: “The wide range of measures put forward that could contribute to emissions reduction provide a good foundation for the GHGAP and others to build on.  We now need to gain a good understanding of the costs of a range of different measures as well as their ease of implementation and effectiveness in ‘real world’ situations.”

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