The UK’s WWF says abandoning fertilization or increasing the area covered by hedges that could trap carbon dioxide would save more emissions than estimated by the government’s independent adviser, the Climate Change Committee.
According to the Land of Abundance report by the World Wide Fund for Nature, diet is the leading cause of widespread destruction of nature in Britain. Over 70 per cent of UK land is used for agricultural purposes, and land use is responsible for 12 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“We know that land, food and agriculture must play a central role in our plans in order to achieve net zero emissions and restore nature – this is not the case at the moment” – Tell Katie White, WWF employee at Sky News.
The report accuses the country’s leadership of being formed in October in a rather hasty manner
In its net-zero strategy, it missed the opportunity to address emissions from agriculture and land use.
“This report seeks to fill this gap and calls on the government to roll out a green, low-carbon management plan and support farmers to be at the forefront of tackling climate change and the natural crisis,” White said.
According to the WWF, the sector’s external footprint must be addressed by reducing the demand for animal feed, especially soybeans, and by freeing supply chains from deforestation. They also demand a fair transition of livestock farmers, such as
The shift in diet is shifting toward vegetarian options.
Farmers are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events that affect crops and are severely affected by rising fossil fuel prices, says Matt Williams, of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities, which increases energy and fertilizer costs.
“If the UK is to achieve its net-zero targets, making agriculture climate friendly and restoring the UK’s natural carbon sinks is as urgent as is necessary to reduce energy or transport emissions,” he said.
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