UK farms plan for going 'carbon neutral'

The farm union NFU has launched a plan to make British agriculture carbon neutral in two decades.

Farming creates 10% of the UK’s emissions, and farmers have long been criticised for their failure to tackle their pollution.

But the NFU says the industry can reduce gases almost completely by 2040 - a decade ahead of the government’s overall zero emissions target.

Environmentalists welcomed elements of the plan.

But Friends of the Earth said it was astonished there was no mention of eating less meat.

The NFU (National Farmers Union) says its three-part roadmap will produce quality, affordable food while tackling emissions.

It rests on improved productivity. increasing the number of trees and hedges, and growing more crops for energy.

How can farmers cut their own pollution?

The union says farmers can cut direct pollution from farming by working smarter to deliver the same value but with fewer emissions.

That would mean applying farm chemicals more precisely using satellite technology.

It would also see farmers capturing methane from manure to heat people’s homes.

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