UK Farming Union Presidents Issue Joint Statement on #Farmersday at COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow

The UK Farming Unions (NFUS, NFU, UFU and NFU Cymru) call upon the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations, together with leaders worldwide, to support a sustainable and productive future for agriculture, growing our ability to produce climate-friendly food at the same time as protecting nature and the planet.

Agriculture in the UK is a uniquely versatile sector, which supplies food, captures and stores carbon and helps to generate clean energy. But our farmers are also on the frontline of climate change impacts, being particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events. We want agriculture’s role in taking action on climate change while producing for the future to be widely recognised, at COP26 and beyond.

Our industry is also unique in the nature of its greenhouse gas emissions from food production. Farmers harness inherently variable, biological processes in our crops, livestock and soils. Many of our farmers and growers have already embarked upon their own journeys to net zero, but we must be supported in partnership with government and industry to produce more with less environmental impact.  

There are no ‘silver bullets.’ It is vital that agriculture, land use and biodiversity policies are practical and properly funded, with a portfolio of measures across many different farm types, including a fair share of water and better protection of agricultural land from flooding. It is by adopting a holistic approach to farming – considering food production, biodiversity, landscapes and communities alongside climate mitigation – that will ensure a just transition to net zero farming in the future.

Statement issued by: Martin Kennedy, President of NFU Scotland; Minette Batters, NFU President; John Davies, NFU Cymru President; Victor Chestnutt, President, Ulster Farmers’ Union.   

Notes to Editors

  • Photo caption – All four Presidents of the UK farming unions joined forces at COP26 in Glasgow today to reinforce the need for a sustainable and productive farming industry as part of the nation’s climate change response. From l to r – NFU Scotland President Martin Kennedy joined Minette Batters (NFU); Victor Chestnutt (Ulster Farmers’ Union) and John Davies (NFU Cymru) on #FarmersDay at COP26


Contact Bob Carruth on 07788 927675

Author: Bob Carruth

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