‘If we are serious about tackling the twin threats of climate change and nature loss, farming and land use can’t be an afterthought. Many UK farmers are already using their skills and expertise to produce food as sustainably as possible, but they won’t be able to fix a broken system on their own.
‘Bringing forward comprehensive strategies to slash emissions from farming and land use will be a vital catalyst to drive change – UK governments must act urgently to deliver these frameworks and give farmers the clarity they need.
‘Ahead of COP27, the UK has the chance to lead the way, and solve another piece of the climate puzzle, by driving the transition to greener farming, both at home and overseas. In this critical decade for the planet, it’s a chance we must take.’
Chief executive at WWF
The report shows that shifting our farming system to one where emissions are reduced, while hedges, habitats and soil sequester carbon, offers a real opportunity for farmers.
It would increase both economic resilience by reducing the UK’s demand for artificial fertilisers and imported livestock feed, and resilience towards future climate shocks, by improving the health of soils and enhancing agricultural ecosystems.
WWF is now calling on ministers to bring forward detailed strategies ahead of COP27 in November, that set an ambitious, evidence-based path to slash greenhouse gas emissions from farming by more than 35% by 2030 and make UK land a net carbon sink no later than 2040, all while restoring nature.